“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Do you know of families who pass on the hate towards other families? The negative thought is inherited from one generation to the next. Oftentimes it even involve relatives who might have had a history of misunderstanding among themselves.
It is so saddening why some people refuse to forgive. There is this case of a family who kept on being different towards another family due to some petty dispute. The family on the spot (the one being hated) tried everything to reach out, to be good so they will be accepted as good friends again by the family that hates them (let us call them “the accuser”).
They attend important occasions being held at the accuser’s home, though they know they were being treated with cold shoulders there. They never mind about it, thinking that time will heal whatever wounds they had caused the accuser’s family. They know it is God’s will not to bear grudge on other people, and to forgive them for their negative actions. They always think that being good to the “accuser” will erase whatever hatred they have in their hearts. They always show that they can be relied on when the “accuser” needs help; when they were sick, they visit them and give comforting words to them.
Unappreciated Acts of Kindness
The good deeds being exerted by the “hated family” were unappreciated. It seems that the “accuser family” have a heart of stone. Their hatred remained in their hearts, which their children tend to imbibe. So the feeling of being different to the “hated family” continues on until the children become adults.
Unless somebody from the “accuser family” breaks that “chain,” and let the goodness overpower them, then that hatred will go on and on for generations.
Being Good Makes God Happy
Being good to everyone, to forgive and forget whatever shortcomings done by other people, will be pleasing to the Lord. Having an understanding heart, a forgiving heart makes one’s life so beautiful. It can bring so much joy to other people too, especially within families, who do not care if one had committed a mistake towards another. They will always ready to forgive and understand. Hatred ruins our day and is not healthful too.
We are but humans who could not control our emotions, but let us not carry that grudge in our hearts; give those who erred a chance to rectify and be good again.