This morning, I woke up to the news that former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens owner, Art Modell, had passed away. He was a villain to the city of Cleveland for moving the franchise. Cliff Note: I know he was probably considered a hero to Baltimore for bringing football back and for getting them a Super Bowl ring before the Indianapolis (formerly Baltimore) Colts won one, but this post is about forgiveness.
Cleveland, like many other cities, lives and dies with it's sports franchises. Since the Browns left, northeast Ohio has also seen several top athletes leave and "take their talents" elsewhere. These folks go from being number one, as a show of the index finger will indicate, to not being number one with the next finger over also indicates.
Most decisions are made as financial decisions. We have seen this many times in business. People are either let go from their jobs, or jobs get outsourced. This gets plenty of ink, but people forget and move on. It's more personal decisions that get the grief over for the longest time. There are those who have a problem against a parent, siblings, an ex spouse, other relatives, or someone who did you dirty many years ago. You feel that you cannot forgive, or forget their actions. that's when you have to look up to a higher power. My higher power is a man named Jesus Christ.
Jesus said in Mark 11:26 "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." Sometime we have to realize that the same things committed against us are things that Jesus went to the cross and died for. Granted, there have been things done that you have a hard time wrapping your head around at the very concept of forgiveness. This is where the childlike faith that Christians are required to have comes into play.
In the grand scheme of things, something that took minutes to commit, should not end up controlling a lifetime of emotions. Also remember that eternity makes the time we spend on earth seem like less than a moment.