AT WHAT POINT DO WE EXERCISE REDEMPTION WITH OTHERS? WHAT REDEMPTION MEANS IS A FORM OF FORGIVENESS. HOWEVER, REDEMPTION DOES FORGIVE, BUT DOES SO WITH OFTEN TIMES WITH US DOING SO FOR THE WELL-BING OF OURSELVES. NOT TO FORGIVE CAUSES THE OPPOSITE WHICH IS REVENGE AND INTERNAL ANGER. OFTENTIMES, WE SEE OTHERS FORGIVE ANOTHER IN THE MOST IMPOSSIBLE OF SITUATIONS. WE WONDER WHERE THEY EVER FOUND THE STRENGTH TO FORGIVE THE VERY CRIMINAL THAT KILLED THEIR SON AS THE CRIMINAL IS NOW PAYING FOR THEIR CRIME IN PRISON.
IF YOU DOUBT THERE WAS EVER A GOD THAT ALLOWED HIS OWN SON TO BE SACRIFICED FOR OUR SINS, THINK OF THE EXAMPLE I HAVE GIVEN ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO FORGIVE SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO OURSELF OR OUR LOVED ONES IN SOME WAY. REMEMBER THIS EXAMPLE ABOUT THE SACRIFICE GOD, WHO GAVE HIS SON’S LIFE WATCHING HIM ENDURING SUCH SUFFERING TO SAVE MANKIND AS A WHOLE, LOOK AT THE HUMAN BEING FORGIVING THE MURDERER FOR THE DEATH OF THEIR OWN CHILD. WHERE DOES THIS KIND OF STRENGTH COME FROM? PERHAPS I AM NOT FAITHFUL ENOUGH, BECAUSE IF SOMEONE HARMED ANOTHER PERSON IN MY FAMILY, I CAN’T SAY I WOULD HAVE THAT KIND OF STRENGTH IT TAKES TO DO TRULY FORGIVE. FORGIVING A PERSON WHO’S COMMITTED SUCH EVIL REQUIRES US TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE MEANING OF REDEMPTION IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT.
WEBSTER DICTIONARY MEANING OF REDEMPTION-TO SERVE OR OFFSET A COMPENSATION. 2. THE ACT, PROCESS OR INSTANCE OF REDEMPTION.
DAILY WISDOM WORD DEFINITION-REDEMPTION MEANS TO EXCUSE OR PARDON ONE FOR A FLAW OR DEFECT OR SIN THEY HAVE COMMITTED TO FIND EVENTUAL PEACE THROUGH THE POWER IN THIS FORGIVENESS.
Redemption of oneself is what we shall talk about now. At what point, do you redeem or forgive yourself for flaws and indiscretions? I think before you feel that you can really forgive yourself, you must be sincerely sorry to ask for forgiveness. Have far do we go for redemption if we have harmed others in some way? We need to forgive ourselves before we can exercise forgiveness towards others. For example, we don’t allow ourself forgiveness unless we feel bad for our indiscretions. I think when we are hard on ourselves we defeat the purpose of redemption.
Let’s talk about how we redeem others for pain or indiscretions they cause us. These individuals wouldn’t want to be redeemed unless they felt bad to begin with. Do we just forgive them? What about those who have no conscience? First, we decide over time it is necessary to always remind ourselves forgiving is a choice we make. Are we able to make the right choice for ourself to forgive or redeem another even when they do not ask for redemption or care whether they are ever forgiven or not. Why? because when we don’t forgive ourself and others, it hurts us in the long run. We begin to fill up with anger and animosity towards them and whoever else we are angry at, and that includes ourself. We take it out on our loved ones and yes, ourselves.
Redemption for others is a necessity not as much for them, as its importance for us. We will become a better person over time by respecting and forgiving others. We start by changing our harshness and self talk inside or our inner-voice. Then we change every negative derogatory thing we say to ourselves, affects our self-esteem and self-respect over time. Self-redemption allows us to practice the same redemption with others. I have a person in my life I used to be so close with.
He has decided his heart was too small to forgive me on his end or did so for other reasons. How can I deal with this? First of all, I take ownership of my side of things by sincerely apologizing to him. I allow him time to process this, and if he makes the choice not to forgive me, I realize the ownership of the issue is on him, not me. It takes heart, kindness, love and compassion to forgive ourselves and others. It takes accountability and apologizing and sometime it takes inner strength forgiving those who don’t care if we offer them redemption or not. We forgive them so we can be kind over time to ourselves. When we ask for redemption or forgiveness from another. If it is not granted it no longer is our problem, it is their choice. The capacity of redemption is every bit as powerful as love is or hatred if forgiveness is not possible for this individual. Thanks so much for reading.
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