The only reason that a person would need forgiveness is if there is also condemnation. The only reason that condemnation could exist is if we had chosen separation from God. Forgiveness, therefore, is based on the choice to follow the ego instead of the Spirit. It is rooted in living in the illusions of this world instead of the truth of our connectedness to God.
There is no such thing as partial forgiveness. I cannot forgive someone who wronged me part of the way and then wait for a response from them. I can either forgive or I can cling to the illusion of condemnation. By forgiving another person, I am releasing myself from the bondage of condemnation. This is a fascinating thought to me because it would mean that by withholding forgiveness, I am also withholding my salvation.
Within this world, we have positioned ourselves to be condemned. We have positioned ourselves to be separate from God and to see the world as separate. In truth, God has never separated from us. He has never walked away. He has never chosen to condemn. The condemnation that we feel is self-condemnation that is based in choosing to be separate. When we choose claim our connection, we are no longer condemned and our Spirit is made whole.
It is in wholeness, self-forgiveness and connection with God, that we no longer have a need to condemn others. God is the Love in which I forgive myself. I will choose to see God in myself and I will choose to be connected as I have always have been. I forgive those whom I have condemned. I release the desire to condemn and I choose to live in wholeness.
My challenge to you is to forgive others and by doing so, forgive yourself. Spend at least 15 minutes today, spread out through the day, releasing any condemnation that you have of others or yourself. Repeat, "God is the Love in which I forgive" and then put other people's names in there. End by repeating at least 7 times that "God is the Love in which I forgive myself."
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.