ALBERT & CHRISTINE GARCIASep 14, 20222 min readFORGIVE!Updated: Sep 15, 2022The greater the offense, the harder it is to forgive ~ but you must. Whatever you refuse to forgive and let go of, you carry it with you until you do. And it is like the anchor of The Titanic around your neck, dragging you down to the pits of spiritual and emotional hell. In this ever-challenging, aggressive, narcissistic, hive-minded, cold-hearted and MEAN, MEAN world has anyone recently:° Abused you?° Cheated on you?° Lied about you?° Fired you?° Mistreated you?° Shamed you?Whatever your particular hurt, the solution isn’t feeding it more egotistical energy or denying it. You have to own the hurt, forgive the perpetrator and let it go, or you will continue to hurt yourself. And hurt people hurt others. Eminent behaviorists have diagnosed:"That choosing not to forgive somebody, is like eating poison and expecting the other person to die." In order to move forward, we have to "let go and let God." And be 100% at peace with the past ~ leaving it FOREVER in the rear-view mirror. FORGIVENESS = FREEDOM!If we chose not to, then we are always terribly stuck in the past ~ not enjoying the gift from God called THE PRESENT.Paul could easily have allowed the memory of the Christians he put to death to destroy him mentally and emotionally ~ robbing him of his true destiny. But he refused to do it. Instead, he wrote: "Dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all that I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us"."If you hold anything against anyone ~ forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins."Bottom line__________forgive and move on. But also, most importantly ~ forgive yourself!Christ Yeshua advocated for us while horrifically agonizing on the cross:"Father forgive them for they do not know what they do."