I have read somewhere that, “The first to forgive is the strongest”. Is it true?
Forgiveness comes to light when some evil is done against me. Frantic questions such as: Why did he / she do this to me? Why did God allow this to happen? Would arise. This evil imparted on us keep irritating and nagging us. Most times we experience anger, hurt and bitterness.
What does it require to forgive someone?
Forgiveness is to stop feeling angry and ward off bitterness. In order to do this one needs to walk an extra mile, to comprehend the situation when this evil was enacted in him / her. Then acknowledge the shortcomings of the evil doer and then feel their incapability to handle such a trying situation. Then accept that this evil was a result of all these issue but not just an intentional decision to incur evil. Only then he / she is ready to forgive.
This might sound easy, but mind you in practical forgiveness is difficult. To have received the evil and then look at the evil doer in this perspective is difficult. Hence it is rightly said that forgiveness requires strength.
“The first to forgive is the strongest”