“Forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who tresspass against us.” – 12 Step Prayerbook
According to the New Testament (a religious book, for those who know I’m not religious), there was a guy named Jesus, who taught this idea to a bunch of people gathered around in a circle who listened to his experience, strength and hope (sound familiar?). Supposedly this guy, Jesus, was super spiritually connected to the source of love (like many in our program). And his message here was pretty clear: Because we would really like to be forgiven when we make mistakes and hurt others, we ought to try and forgive others who make mistakes and hurt us or those we love. The truth is, none of us is perfect, we all mess up. We all say and do things at times which aren’t cool and often times hurt others. So how about it? Let’s practice some forgiveness, the same way we would like others to practice it when we mess up. When I stop being upset and instead forgive others, I am released from the bondage of judgement, hurt and resentment, and ILML!