A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they refused to forgive in their life’s experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag.
Some of their bags were quite heavy. They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, and next to their desk at school.
The hassle of lugging this around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying around spiritually and how they had to pay attention to it all the time. Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty smelly slime. This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person and clearly is for ourselves! – from Cranberry Corners – www.grandmalyn.com
Forgiving someone can be one of the most exhilerating experiences of your life! I used to work in a drug and alcohol treatment center. One thing I found common to addicts and alcoholics, as with most of us, is that they carried with them the excess baggage of unforgiveness. It makes us sick to harbor anger and unforgiveness for someone. But, you say, they don’t deserve to be forgiven. You aren’t forgiving them because they deserve it; you are forgiving them because you deserve it. Unforgiveness lets them live rent free in your head and heart, causing you great emotional harm and a huge load of bitterness. Acknowledge the pain and the hurt they may have caused you, then let it all go to God. All you have to be is willing to forgive; God does the rest. I don’t have words to describe the joy that will come into your heart, but it is waiting right around the corner for you. Make this your day to forgive!
Have a happy journey!