From: The Desk of Dr. Amb. Prof. Joseph S. Spence, Sr., USA., Senior Special Advisor to Motivational Strips Poetry Platform Founder, Honorable Shiju H. Pallithazheth, Oman. The most active poetry platform in the world with over 4.5 million hits each month, and active worldwide representatives in 106 countries.
Today my dearly beloved brothers and sisters, our subject is forgiveness. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines forgiveness as: the act of ending anger, to give up resentment or claim to requital, and ceasing to feel resentment against a person. Additionally, Mayo Medical Clinic, USA, classifies forgiveness as: forgiving one’s enemy, letting go of grudges and bitterness, letting go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. As we can see, forgiveness is an act which relieves the mind, body and soul of negative actions, thoughts, words, and deeds, thus, leading to a better and more fulfilled life as required by God our Savior and Redeemer.
The Holy Bible states, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). Without the love of God’s grace and forgiveness, many in society would not be here today. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, USA, 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, declares, “If we do an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.” Naturally, God’s words on forgiveness is the ultimate benefit for humanity to live and enjoy a peaceful life in His name and by His grace.
American history has taught us about the Hatfield–McCoy feud in Virginia and Kentucky, which left many family members on both sides dead before forgiveness led to peace in the 1800s. Today, their activities generated the motto of “No feudin’, just runnin'” from their annual marathons of hundreds of runners in 2000. During 2018, an eight-foot statute was erected in honor of the McCoy, unveiled during the Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Day celebration of peace and forgiveness. The Holy Bible conveys “He is the propitiator for our sins; and not just ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (Acts 13:38-39). There are many more acts of forgiveness leading to peace between people in history; however, this is a widely known grassroots level of forgiveness in American folklores, unlike major wars where a truce has been made but no forgiveness rest in the hearts of many.
The Holy Bible imparts “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you forgive not men of their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you of your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). Naturally, it’s imperative that we extend the act of forgiveness to humanity for God to forgive us and keep us in His grace. Acting on God’s words of forgiveness brings a person into His heavenly realms.
Additionally, Mayo Medical Clinic specifies: “Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for improved health and peace of mind. It continues, forgiveness can lead to: a) healthier relationships, b) improved mental health, c) less anxiety, stress and hostility, d) lower blood pressure, e) fewer symptoms of depression, f) a stronger immune system, g) improved heart health, and h) improved self-esteem. Following the path of forgiveness not only leads to worldly inspiration and upliftment but also heavenly grace in God’s kingdom.
Finally, the Holy Bible transmits “If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sins, and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). In essence, God’s does not want to see humanity live in hate and war. His desire is for all people to live in peace and prosperity through forgiveness.
The act starts with you, inside your home and with your loved ones by the rendering of forgiveness. Uplift His righteousness today and forgive those who trespass against you (The Lord’s Prayer. Matthew 6:12). Let forgiveness spread like wildfire. As the scriptures’ renders “His ministers are a flaming fire (Psalm 14:4). All of you are ministers of His grace to bestow His forgiveness; therefore, light your blaze of fire! The Holy Bible further conveys “We are all ministers “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a particular people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). It continues “He has enabled us to be ministers of His new covenant” (2 Corinthians 3:6). God is always with you, warming your soul like hand in a glove; therefore, let the blaze of your light shines with forgiveness for humanity.
The peace of the Lord be with you always. Have an awesome day, don’t forget to pray without ceasing, stay encouraged, be strong, inspired, ingenious, resilient, and blessed always!
His Peaceful Servant,
Dr. Amb. Prof. Joseph S. Spence, Sr. USA., (Epulaeryu Master)
Independent Poet Laureate (USA, 2007)
Senior Adviser, to Founder of “Motivational Strips” Shiju H. Pallithazheth (Oman, 2019)
World Poetry Star, World Nation Writers Union (Kazakhstan, 2019)
Ambassador of World Peace, Humanity, and Diplomacy (Philippines, 2019)
Peace Man Award (Morocco, 2019)
Ambassador of Humanity (Morocco, 2020)
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