Forgiveness

There are many songs that I love, but a more recent one has caught my attention.  It’s “Forgiven” by Sanctus Real.  It goes like this:

Well the past is playing with my head
And failure knocks me down again
I’m reminded of the wrong
That I have said and done
And that devil just wont let me forget

In this life
I know what I’ve been
But here in your arms
I know what I am

I’m forgiven
I’m forgiven
And I don’t have to carry
The weight of who I’ve been
Cause I’m forgiven

My mistakes are running through my mind
And I’ll relive my days, in the middle of the night
When I struggle with my pain, wrestle with my pride
Sometimes I feel alone, and I cry

In this life
I know what I’ve been
But here in your arms
I know what I am

I’m forgiven
I’m forgiven
And I don’t have to carry
The weight of who I’ve been
Cause I’m forgiven

When I don’t fit in and I don’t feel like I belong anywhere
When I don’t measure up to much in this life
Oh, I’m a treasure in the arms of Christ ‘cause

I’m forgiven
I’m forgiven
And I don’t have to carry
The weight of who I’ve been
Cause I’m forgiven

While many of the more mainstream Christian/spiritual songs are good, in my opinion, I love the new route that this one takes.  Forgiveness isn’t something that is frequently discussed.  It’s something that can be incredibly hard to do and accepting the forgiveness someone offers is hard too.  Yet, it is a concept in all spiritual teachings and from enlightened thinkers.  It’s better than the popular “let it go,” more freeing than being pissed at someone, and does good for not only you but them too!  I love the lines “And I don’t have to carry/The weight of who I’ve been…” because that’s exactly what it feels like when you haven’t forgiven someone, or someone won’t forgive you.  It’s this giant weight that you carry around, a weight that hinders your life, blocks you from moving forward and slows you down.  You may have been carrying this weight around for so long that you don’t realize you’re carrying it but you are.

Do yourself a favor.  Forgive those that you are holding grudges against, forgive those that ask you for forgiveness.  It may not be easy, in fact for many people it is really hard.  But, it just makes the world a better place.  And trust me, once you activate the power of forgiveness in your life, you’ll feel much better too.

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