There does not seem to be much trust and forgiveness in the world today.
A dying trait, like an endangered species. I think it can be put up on the “endangered character-quality” list.
Is it just me or have you observed this trend too?
It can be difficult to forgive sometimes but it is important that you do. There should be room for errors. These errors or mistakes a person makes should be embraced as feedback for improvement.
Forgiving can be hard, I know.
It seems in today’s world on many layers of society, trust and forgiveness is missing and it is sad because it sends a consistent message that both (or more parties) have lost care about whether the relationship continues or not.
You can see it on many levels, reflected in the media – between suppliers and customers; between organizations and its employees or contractors; between sports clubs and its coaches; between coaches and their players; between family members; between friends and even between husbands and wives.
What sort of person are you? Are you prudent and ‘trust but verify?” or are you careful and watch your back and consult your lawyer?
How has the world come to this point, I wonder?
I know the bible asks that we find it in our hearts to trust and forgive, no matter how many times someone breaks it. This can be very difficult but it is important that we try. It helps build a better world. The Lord’s prayer says something along the lines “… forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us … “
How many of us really do this in today’s world? It seems that the prayer is now saying “…. Forgive our sins as we don’t forgive those who sin against us … ?”
For the world to come to this is indeed a sad world… but I am still hopeful.
It seems that these endangered human characteristics that was once in plentiful supply in years gone by is a rare sighting. There are daily reminders in many areas of modern life demonstrating signs that trust, love and even friendship has failed. These are no longer what is the norm.
Instead, they are becoming increasingly endangered and are a genuine luxury if you are lucky to witness or experience it in your daily life.
As for me, I am quite old-fashioned and believe in a lot of old-fashioned values like trust, love and friendship and forgiveness. I think it is important to find it in your heart to forgive. It can be difficult, yes, but don’t give up.
Persevere and believe. Trust against the odds, that the human spirit in what is right will always prevail.
In the end, relationships matter.
Sometimes it can be hard to take the bible seriously but finding it in your heart to forgive every time a person lets you down is always the best decision you can make.
If you value the relationship and want it to continue, you have to always be willing to forgive and trust again. No relationship can continue if we are not willing to trust and forgive, no matter how many times the person lets you down.
No forgiveness means no relationship. It is as simple as that!
If you believe that certain relationships matter, then forgive and trust again. Because this is part of what it means to be a practising Christian. It isn’t easy in today’s modern world and it takes enormous courage to follow God’s teachings in the Christian life.
Trusting and forgiving repeatedly requires tremendous spiritual courage and patience. Don’t make it part of your endangered character-quality list.
Because it is worth it.
Besides, from what I have learned through other people’s experiences over the years, trust is cheaper than lawyers.
All the best in your choices.
Until next time,