I see this license plate in a certain park n ride near where I live. I had to take a picture of it, because to me it just seems so sad. It made me realize that without my faith, what hope would I have? And how can others live without this hope?
Unforgiveness leads to depression.
This is an actual proven fact that has been studied:
But even if you believe in a God who forgives, if you cannot forgive yourself, you are going to end up in the same state.
We are frail human beings and forgiveness does not come easy.
It is hard to forgive when:
The person who hurt you is not sorry and or would or could do it again
When you come from a family or have a parent that holds grudges and remembers every bad deed.
When you blame others and aren’t accountable for your own actions
When you’ve been hurt or rejected too many times to count
When you feel like you don’t have a choice in the relationship.
When the hurt is just too deep….
But the truth is you will not recover true mental health until you have learned to forgive – both others and yourself.
And when something is not in our human nature to do something, we need supernatural assistance.
This is why the Lord’s Prayer includes the line:
Forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
We are basically saying that we sin, we ask God to forgive our sins. And if we can have our sins forgiven, we ask God to help us forgive others who sin against us. Or forgive people who wrong us.
Even if it is our own selves we can’t forgive, we can ask for God’s help. He can forgive the sin, no matter how big. So we should be able to also.