In 2008, I was in a relationship with a girl in Southern California. We had been dating for about 2 years and had even started attending church together every Sunday. I was close with her family and friends and our relationship was getting quite serious.
While she was on a 60 day trip overseas, I received a call from an acquaintance alerting me of some hurtful news. He had heard that my girlfriend had cheated on me with my best friend. Shocked and confused, I made an immediate international phone call to ask her myself.
It was true.
I dropped down to my knees and felt like throwing up. I hung up the phone, hopped in my car, and cried.
As the days and weeks went by, the thought of forgiveness hadn't even crossed my mind. I had too much pain.
Consequently, I found myself angry and bitter. I would talk bad about them to others and it even began hard to sleep or be happy. It was 9 months later when it finally happened. After reading this quote on the back of a flyer on floor of a parking lot:
“Forgiveness is like letting a prisoner free and finding out the prisoner was you”
And it so began. I made the tough emotional decision to let it pass. To let myself free and to be joyful, once again.
Are you struggling to forgive someone who hurt you? Are you filled with anger, pain, and frustration? Maybe it's time…
I found this video below that makes an incredible point on forgiveness that will shock you. I hope it brings healing to your soul.
How did this make you feel? How do you deal with forgiveness? Let me know in the comments below.