Claypole Benefice
Forgiveness: God’s gift to us and our gift to others

Writing about forgiveness Archbishop Desmond Tutu said:

“When I talk of forgiveness I mean the belief that you can come out the other side a better person. A better person than the one being consumed by anger and hatred. Remaining in that state locks you in a state of victimhood, making you almost dependent on the perpetrator. If you can find it in yourself to forgive then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator. You can move on, and you can even help the perpetrator to become a better person too.”

Forgiving is the first step to close a painful chapter. It’s not always easy, but it’s a step that will help you move on—with or without the person that hurt you.