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FORGIVENESS

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Are you “burning” yourself out trying to get even with someone? Try a positive approach instead. Try . . . FORGIVNESS

Only the Devil refuses forgiveness. The Creator provides the means of forgiveness for everyone, living or dead. Can you afford to do less?

God’s word repeatedly urges us to forgive . . . to turn the other cheek . . . to love one another . . . that vengeance is the Lord’s and He will repay.

Your chances of material success in life depend in great measure on your spiritual outlook.

The more positive your thinking, the greater your chances of success. Time and thought expended on yearning for vengeance are wasted.

There is a rule of business never to send good money after the bad. Effort and energy expended in trying to “get even” go down the drain the same way. How much better it is to exert ourselves constructively to new projects and goals rather than to burn out our spirits brooding over lost causes!

Forgiveness isn’t mere acquiescence to the behavior of others. It’s more positive and active than that. In forgiving, we assume some of the contrition our offenders should feel.

Each time you forgive someone, you broaden the space your own soul occupies because that space is filled with the deed of generosity you perform. The universal law of compensation applies here more than ever, for even in our prayers we dare ask Divine forgiveness only in proportion to the forgiveness we bestow on our fellowmen.

Forgiveness is a spiritual medicine that works two ways, healing the psychic wound of the offended person who grants it as well as relieving the penitence of the offender.

Forgiveness is the major tenet of Christianity, ordained to us in the Sermon on the Mount – “Blessed are the merciful . . .” and “Judge not, that ye be not judged; for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.”

These injunctions are fully as applicable to our material, as well as our spiritual, lives. The best rule of business in The Golden Rule.

Most grievances are based purely on misunderstandings. Few people are consciously hurtful toward others. Too often we stand on our “rights” instead of our “duties.” Every setback at the hand of others can be turned to account.

Let me give you an example:

A lecturer was boycotted by a public leader in a small Missouri town because he didn’t like the lecturer’s sponsor. When the lecturer heard about it, he “retaliated” by using his lecture fee of several thousand dollars to buy radio time so everyone in town could hear the series free. His unique way of “striking back” so impressed his opponent that he gladly gave his endorsement to the lecturer.

The result was a completely new spirit of constructiveness throughout the town. Old animosities were wiped out. The idea of cooperation and helpfulness caught fire. The entire character of the town changed. New projects were touched off. Business boomed and the community enjoyed a prosperity it had never known before.

I can vouch for this story—for I was the lecturer.

Source: Success Unlimited. Vol. 12, No. 12. December, 1965, pgs.33 & 34.

–Napoleon Hill

Written by Bhushan Kulkarni

May 28, 2007 at 10:47 am

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