“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ― Lewis B. Smedes

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you

As with so many of our negative emotions — like holding a grudge — the person who holds the emotion is the one who is most affected by it. So, for instance, if I have been fired from my job and am really angry at my former boss it is myself, not him, who is most harmed by my anger. Ofcourse, there’s always the chance that you could “go postal“. But even in such a case though there is very short-term satisfaction in acting out the grudge. In the long-run the effect is perhaps just as negative or more negative for you than for the person who is the object of your grudge and anger.

Harming Others is Harming Yourself

If you act out violently in mind or body you are really harming yourself. Why? We are all one in the end. What we do to anyone — positive things too, like love — we do to ourselves. I’m not myself a Christian but these words of Christ ring true: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” And in Buddhism there is the idea of karma [like “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” for Christians]. Your actions will come back to you. So a positive act like forgiveness mostly frees yourself! And a negative act like holding a grudge mostly just keeps you in prison.

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