Ready to forgive, ready for peace

You can forgive—no matter what has happened.

In Caux, Switzerland, there is an international center for global transformation; its goal is to lead people toward peace and forgiveness. When a friend of mine recently attended a conference there, she heard many stories from people who had suffered greatly—some had even been victims of genocide. Yet Christians and non-Christians alike found peace by forgiving these injustices.

Their example confirmed a feeling I have long had that one can't find true peace without letting go of hurt feelings, jealousies, hate, and anger. What enemies to peace these are. But how does one forgive genocide; bombings that kill innocent people, including children; or terrorism that destroys property and promotes hate? Even lesser acts can seem almost impossible to forgive, let alone forget.

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