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First You must Be Able To Forgive Yourself Before You Can Forgive Someone Else

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You must be able to forgive yourself before you can forgive someone else.  How can you conceive of the need to forgive somebody else when you can’t conceive of needing it yourself or worse yet being able to offer it to others.  You have to know and understand that all of us have done some things for which we need to be forgiven and it may be easier to offer it to others than it is to offer it to ourselves.  Are you hard on yourself and while you may not be the Holiest person in the world, might you not be capable of having the title of being the most unforgiveable person in the world.  How self-sacrificing to offer to someone else what you, yourself, feel that you don’t deserve.  Then and only then can you relate to the need to forgive someone else.  When it comes to forgiveness, we all need it and realizing that we ourselves need it, we realize what it means to extend that to someone else besides ourselves.

Now there is another side to the story.  Some people feel very good about offering forgiveness to others when they think that they don’t need it themselves.  It can come from a “holier than thou” attitude.  These people can’t conceive of the need to forgive themselves even though they are happy to offer it to others.  Doing this shows how much better off they are than the other people whom they need to forgive.  “Who me?”  “I don’t need to forgive myself.  The fact that I can forgive others proves that I don’t need to be forgiven myself.”

The point to this story is that we need to be able to do both, focus on things we need to forgive ourselves for and things we need to forgive others for.  The best example of this perplexing problem is someone who has been physically or sexually abused as a child and this leads to them to doing this to children themselves.  Maybe you have not done this but you have made foolish possibly even egregous mistakes in the past which might have even caused a tragedy.  If we can’t accept responsibility for what we did and then forgive ourselves, this will stand in the way of truly being able to forgive someone else for what they have done to us.

 

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No one is perfect or we wouldn’t be here.  Whether you believe in original sin or not.

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Should You Make Your Own Commandments?

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

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Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady
Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)

You have heard of the ten commandments.  There are also the seven deadly sins:  pride, greed, envy, lust, sloth, gluttony, and wrath which go even further.  Have you set standards for yourself as well as others.  It is easier

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady

Seven Deadly Sins by Rox Steady (Photo credit: dingler1109)


to develop a set of standards for others to follow than to create standards of your own.  You can usually identify those that you set for others by paying attention to what “makes” you angry or feels unfair or by identifying what you would like others to do (knowing at some level) that this would make life easier for you.

In moral development, establishing a set of standards of your own for yourself is one of the later stages.  You can identify the origin of some of these by what you think you “should” do.  These are sometimes “guilted” on you by others.  What can you do make them your own?  This requires some introspection on your part.  If you don’t like something another person has done, do you feel it is right for you to do this?  Judging others reveals what we are afraid might be judged in ourselves.  It also reveals the areas where we might expect better of ourselves and the standards we might set for ourselves.  Do you think that you could be an example for others?  Shouldn’t you judge both yourself and others by the same standards?  Better yet, maybe you better clean up the messes in your own back yard instead of complaining about your neighbor’s.

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