“Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin. I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men”
Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-10
It is fairly easy to use our mouths and say, “I’m sorry,” [and “I forgive you,”] but sometimes words are cheap. The Savior requires us to forgive more deeply, in our hearts. Can you really expect Heavenly Father to forgive you of all your sins if you are holding out and refuse to forgive others?
-Happy Like Jesus; D. Kelly Ogden
It is my personal belief that these three words are some of the most powerful words on the planet. When you can truly look someone in the eye after they admit to doing you wrong, or even when they do not apologize, and you say, ‘I forgive you’ the whole world changes. You are able to see them and the world around you in a new light. The burden of a grudge or needing to be the victim is lifted and you are free.
I am convinced that there is no experience in this life that is unforgivable, no matter how much pain and damage is caused. The body, the heart, the mind can all be healed. Even death, through Christ, has lost it’s sting.
The sooner we learn to have “I forgive you,” grace our lips more frequently and enter our hearts more fully, the sooner our lives become easier and more beautiful.