To Forgive Is To Set A Prisoner Free And Discover That The Prisoner Was You
Lewis B Smedes Quote
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you, this is the dilemma of the oppressor because they already know that two wrongs do not equal a right regardless of which version of the truth is to be believed.
When I read this Lewis B Smedes quote it makes me think of Nelson Mandela's thought process while incarcerated. Then taking the logic of that thought a stage further maybe lessons can be learned about all political prisoners still suffering around the world and the law of unintended consequences that usually follows.
The desire for revenge is an ugly monster that can affect anyone, it eats at your inner mind and gnaws on the positivity that urges you to move on with your life.
Looking back in anger in any situation is unhealthy for the individual looking over their shoulder.
It can be very difficult to move forward in life if your focus is behind you and not in front of you.
Forgiveness is not an act of condoning something deemed by many as unforgivable.
Forgiveness is a positive that allows you closure on any unsavoury circumstances you may have been subjected to.
Forgiveness may be difficult to do but, when you do forgive it is like releasing your mind from a prison cell it has been stewing in for far too long.
Original image by Harry Clarke from the book Tales Of Mystery And Imagination by Edgar Alan Poe.