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I learned an amazing life-lesson about the liberating power of forgiveness when my first husband left our 24-year marriage. At that time a friend said, “Don’t be bitter, as I was for 30 years.” Her comment made it so clear to me that bitterness and resentment are hellish states of thought. So I decided to focus all my attention on forgiveness. Also, I had been studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Bible, so I knew my Christian faith demanded complete forgiveness (see Matthew 5—7). But how could I get to that point?
Looking back on that experience, I see that forgiveness began with a desire to act rightly and love more, no matter what. I prayed for myself every day, affirming my ability to love purely and forgive, because God, who is Love itself, has designed us to. I included my ex-husband in my prayers, claiming his right to go forward into all good.