Forgiveness mends broken homes

AN apology is not enough for a broken home to be mended hence forgiveness is the other side to the coin that brings about complete healing of the brokenness of the home. I have observed that it’s actually people we spend more time with who are likely to offend and disappoint us more than the people we meet on the streets. It is tempting to keep a grudge against family members who act contrary to our expectation, cross our paths and sometimes stab us in the back. We cannot deny that some of the people really do terrible things.
The return of the lost son provoked two different reactions from the father and elder brother.  Luke 15:20 says, “…but while he was still a long way off his father saw him and was filled with compassion and ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Verse 28 says, “The older brother became angry and refused to go in.” The two verses quoted show that forgiveness is about the perspective from which you view the issue at hand. The elder son perceived his young brother from the squandering perspective and did not forgive. Meanwhile the father viewed him from the relationship perspective and forgave. In short perspective influences reaction.
Focusing on the failures, weaknesses and offences only hurts, annoys, disappoints and frustrates. Focusing on relationships enable us to give offenders a second chance. People are more than their behaviour. Behaviour changes but the person remains the same.
Moreover unforgiveness is not a punishment inflicted on the offender but on its bearer. The bearer of unforgiveness is to some extent more victimised than whom it is held against. Someone said, “forgiveness is the gift you give to yourself.” Another person added that “It prevents people’s behaviour from destroying our hearts.” Forgive, free yourself. Apology and forgiveness heal relationships
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