Matthew 6: 14-15 (MSG) “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
Almost all emotional problems and stress come from unresolved conflicts and failure to have developed right relationships with people. Because of this, many people have a deep desire for total forgiveness. A forgiving spirit is the one basic, necessary component for a genuine relationship. Being in a family, being married, having friends and even those that are adversarial at times will require the art of “Total Forgiveness”
Ernest Hemingway, in his short story, “The Capital of the World”, tells the story about a father and his teenage son who lived in Spain. Their relationship became strained, eventually shattered, and the son ran away from home. The father began a long journey in search of the lost and rebellious son, finally putting an ad in the Madrid newspaper of Spain as a last resort to find his son. His son’s name was Paco, a very common name in Spain. The ad simply read: “Dear Paco, meet me in front of the Madrid newspaper office tomorrow at noon. All is forgiven, I love you.” As Hemingway writes, the next day at noon in front of the newspaper office there were 800 “Pacos” all seeking forgiveness.
The moral of the story, there are countless Pacos in the world who want more than anything in life to be forgiven. “Total Forgiveness” frees us from guilt and allows us to interact constructively with other people. Let me encourage you today in all your relationships pursue a life of Total Forgiveness, and live a victorious life free from the unnecessary baggage of unforgivness! It’s time to live in Total forgiveness let’s begin the process now. Do you need to forgive yourself for hurting someone or forgive someone for hurting you? Or maybe it’s forgiving yourself on something that was not your fault! Whatever the situation let’s start this day with Total Forgiveness.