“It is a smaller thing to wish well or even to do well to one who has done you no evil. It is far greater- a sort of magnificent goodness- to love your enemy and always to wish him well, and do well to him who wishes you ill and who does you harm when he can.
Such recommendations are for the perfect sons of God. Although all the faithful should strive toward them and through prayer too God and earnest endeavor bring their souls up to this level, still so high a degree of goodness is not possible. In prayer, we say, `Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.’ For this means, `Forgive us our debts when we ask for forgiveness as we also forgive our debtors when they ask for forgiveness.’
If one seeks forgiveness, he should no longer be regarded as an enemy, and it should not now be as difficult to love him as it was when he was actively hostile. Now a man who does not forgive from the heart one who asks forgiveness and is repentant of his sins can in no way suppose that his own sins are forgiven by the Lord… `For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive your trespasses. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your offenses.”
Food For Your Soul
St. Augustine has given us a good recipe for inner peace. If you have been a target of toxic gossips, you must bear your cross with patience and forgiveness. It is only when you forgive your enemies that you will begin to experience tranquility for your soul. When you practise forgiveness, it does not really mean that you are doing your enemy a favor. In reality, your act of forgiveness is a favor that you owe yourself. When you forgive someone, you are really letting go of the heavy burden that has caused you so much bitterness, resentment and other toxic emotions.
Submitted by Philosaiki