Life will leave you feeling crushed at times. Friends will forsake you, and loved ones will hurt you.  And then nothing will be harder than forgiveness.  C.S. Lewis was right: “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” The bitterness of resentment is a destructive thing.  You have to feed it, but it eats your soul.  It can only be stopped one way.  Forgiveness may at times be hard to give, but the cost of unforgiveness is far too steep a price, while the rewards of forgiveness are entirely liberating.  In the words of Lewis Smedes, “Forgiveness is like setting a prisoner free, and finding the prisoner was you.”

The rat
had pestered
the man for days.
The rodent had to go.
So finding some poison
he mixed the concoction
and he drank it down real slow.
He watched the rat
to see how long
before the pest
would die.
But, his own eyes
grew heavy that night,
and his stomach
cramped ’til he cried.
The next morning
the man was found on the floor
stiff and cold where he lay.
The story may sound ridiculous
but I swear it’s what people say.
They take a breath.
They shake their head,
and then they say with a sigh:
“Unforgiveness is like drinking rat poison and expecting the rat to die.”


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