Friday, April 10, 2009

My Thoughts On Good Friday

There are so many qualities in Jesus that I admire that I cannot even fathom obtaining just a few of them. He was mocked, beaten and crucified, all for the love forgiveness. Even before his death, He was battered emotionally by the people He trusted the most. He was also betrayed by them too. The most amazing thing was His ability to still forgive them. It must take more of an evolved spirit; a person who truly knows God, like Jesus did, in order to forgive the people we would least expect to hurt us so deeply.

Whether you believe Jesus is the Messiah or not, you have to respect His ability to give complete forgiveness to those people who wanted to hurt Him so badly. His faith was so great that He believed that His sacrifice on the cross was enough to save everyone and to give us salvation.  To me, that's pure love.

There are two types of people in the world: those who have the ability to forgive with a more evolved spirit, and the others who cannot seek forgiveness in their hearts; usually “inferior”, angry souls, who will retain that resentment for the rest of their lives.

Whether you’re Christian or not, which category do you fall under?

Happy Easter!

21 comments:

paz13 said...

Deb: Very appropriate post, especially since we just came back from Good Friday services. Thought provoking.

I can't stay angry for long. It takes a bit to get me angry and when I do I get over it quickly and move on. Life's too short to hold grudges.

Kevin

Xmichra said...

I suppose because I am angry with my bio-dad and can't forgive him, I am inferior. Strangely enough though, I sleep just fine at night and my life moves forward regardless.

Just_because_today said...

What's forgiveness and we don't forget that which we forgive?

Mona said...

Forgiveness is the only thing that can save the one forgiven and the forgiver , both. It is the only thing that can bring true happiness.

the walking man said...

That is a loaded question Deb...like "Do you still beat your wife?" No matter how one answers it there is only one answer slightly better than the other but both speak negatively to character.

If I say I am the first sort; one who is of the "ability to forgive with a more evolved spirit" it tells the hearer that I am full of the "I" and not necessarily the understanding. And if I answer affirmative to the second I am angry and resentful.

So I will answer the question thus: I am of an angry evolved spirit. A man who has enjoyed the benefits of both being forgiven and forgiving but hates the way we daily crucify the Christ sent to save us by our collective actions within all of the cultures of the planet.

Yet in my evolution I have come to adore the resurrection of the man who died much, much more than the death that preceded it. Something we all should also focus on daily.

It was the life after not the death before that introduced freedom to mankind and I stand in the category of them who see beauty in ugliness and life come from death.

budh.aaah said...

The actions I cannot fathom
I dont forgive
The ones I forget
need no forgiving..

But then I am but a mere mortal
and He was not

Lassie said...

you are making the mistake that everything said about Jesus is true.
The bible is far from being believable to most people.

the walking man said...

Have a wonderful morning, afternoon and evening, even more wonderful than usual Deb and Madelene.

Ricardo said...

wishing you a bountiful Easter Deb!!!

DaBich said...

I find my anger is usually short lived. But I admit there are times I cannot drop things for very long periods of time.
I am but human...

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Ian Lidster said...

My belief in forgiveness is based partially on the fact that the unforgiven are left with power over one. Forgiveness is liberating and to be cherished for that reason. Thoughtful piece.

Kevin said...

Great post! I forgive easily, though sometimes I wish I wouldn't. It's just too hard for me to hold a grudge.

Deb said...

Hey guys! Thanks so much for all your comments and opening up to me about your own issues and struggles with forgiveness. Everyone is different and I realize each circumstance can vary from one extreme to the next. And like I said, whether you believe in Jesus or not, believe in the Bible or not, I just admire the teachings of Christ, as I'm a firm believer myself. I can't speak for anyone else, except for my point in which I make as Jesus as the example of pure forgiveness---pure love. :)

Sorry I haven't been commenting back and forth, I got plagued with gout. GOUT! I wish that reflected in my bank account since it's a "rich MAN's disease". Women aren't supposed to get this and if they do, it's usually after menopause. I've been walking around like a little old lady in so much pain, so bear with me this week!

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Advizor said...

Have I forgiven, or just forgotten?

I do not need to forgive many people because few have wronged me directly. I am in need of forgiveness from many, for I have offended all.

But, to my heart's dismay, I do not forgive because I do not remember, as the Buddha said above. But my forgetting is born of apathy, for I do not care what others do, what they think, or what they think of me.

If they want my forgiveness to make themselves feel better, then they have it, but it is like stealing free newspapers. It is of no consequence except to the thief.

chris said...

I am still here kicking and a rockin. It has been a while,hope all finds you well.

the walking man said...

Put your feet up...man I know that stuff hurts...get better Deb.

DaBich said...

Gout of all things! I have an older sister with it, it bothers her now and then. Hope it's better for now!

Just_because_today said...

and I had a typo... do you forgive me?

"What is forgiveness if we don't forget that which we forgive?"

What is the point of forgiving if we remain attached to the offense.

Shubhajit said...

I just want to quote from my favorite movie Into the Wild

"When you forgive, you love and when you love, God shines through you."