Evidence of Tenant Five (5) of John Hansen's Creed for the Third Millennium
Forgiveness is the elixir of the soul. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes.
Forgiveness takes strength. Only the weak cannot forgive. Ironically, when we carry negative energy in our hearts towards others, we can never be truly happy. So, forgive everyone who has wronged you. Forget everything that has brought you misery. Let go of those negative emotions. Embrace all these as lessons learned, and look toward the future with hope.— John Hansen
Time-honored advice and psychologically valid truth come from many sources due to the divinity within humanity. When the truths of life reveal themselves from any source, the wisdom that springs brings with it the welcome of promise, a testimony of its efficaciousness.
A Creed for the Third Millennium is an article among many written by John Hansen a. k. a. Jodah, as part of his Off the Shelf series. It is an inspirational guide and the impetus of the following in support of the fifth tenant of the Third Millennium Creed. quoted in part at the beginning of this article.
In my studies of the power of forgiveness, I have heard it referred to as a Miracle, in the words of Spence W. Kimball author of The Miracle of Forgiveness; and now an Elixir in John Hansen's words in his article titled above. Both are good informative reads. This article is in support of things expressed of forgiveness the elixir and the miracle.
Forgiveness the Elixir
Elixir comes with a few definitions that make it mystical in nature, connotation. Propitious salespeople push products to the public with the promise of a cure-to-what-ails-you diet plan, vitamin, shake, bar, etc...
Collins English Dictionary defines elixirs as liquids "containing a medicinal drug... pleasantly flavored, sweetened liquids intended to be taken orally. The aim of the elixir is to have a pleasant taste without changing the effect of the medicine." In support of this explanation, John calls forgiveness an elixir. It is a hard pill to swallow, so make it into a liquid, put some honey in it and drink it down, right?
The answer is, yes! However, in his explanation of the elixir of forgiveness, John did not mean it was anything magical or a cure that did not take effort. Experiencing forgiveness is the power to heal the life of the forgiver and the forgiven.
Faith and Hope represent two important ingredients in the elixir. Harboring the negative emotional stresses accompanying those who find it impossible to forgive others and themselves creates physical harm in the body if left unanswered. Faith that confronting the stressor in life will alleviate the problem enough to act and hope for the blessed outcome of relief makes the reward seem like magic, elixir! Forgiving removes stress from life.
To forgive someone is having the power of a god to pardon a wrong.
Countless tales of fiction and reality show the merit of unforgiving people who miser away precious years of life reliving concerns creating anxiety, depression, and seething poisoning their existence. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (and all its iterations by other artists) gives a prime example of forgiveness as the humble worker, Bob Cratchit extends the precious benevolence upon Ebenezer Scrouge despite his disdain towards the man. Scrooge would not lend him coal enough to warm the ink on his desk. let alone his body. Cratchit held fast to his faith and disallowed Scrooge the power to dampen his Christmas spirits.
The elixir of forgiving is the ability to move on and experience the joy of focusing on the positive aspects of life while acknowledging the negative.
To forgive someone is having the power of God to pardon a wrong. Regardless of what occurs in the environment, the mental strength of pardoning creates within the pardoner the power to overcome and take control of his or her life to the extent that he or she can live life above enduring it.
One of Disney's versions of Bob Cratchit
Forgiveness in Action
One couple, a husband and wife, experienced a horrible argument where both partners said chilling things to each other. Knowing what words to express and how to combine those words to afflict each other to the maximum effect, the man used an epitaph that he promised never to let shadow his lips in reference to his wife.
Devastated and wounded beyond expression, the wife made a decision that day to acknowledge the offensive word and acts of her husband and her own. Years of marriage and devotion had come and gone with nothing of that nature ever occurring. Old scars exacerbated by the word spoken by this man revealed how hurt and psychologically wounding is this singular word.
Not allowing a problem to be solved become more important that the person to be loved, the woman frankly forgave her husband moving forward with life after emotions cooled.
The woman, African American or Black, forgave her White husband for using a racial slur. The marriage continued. Forgiveness took away with it resentment and returned the love. Truly forgiving self and others is the elixir that heals the mind and body.
Was it easy? No!
Did it take time to fully forgive and forget? Yes.
Was it worth the trouble? The two are happily married and willing to put their love above the pride of resentful offense. Forgiving does not mean staying in an offensive situation or an abusive relationship. Pardoning someone one removes the blame from that person.
There is a glorious miracle awaiting every soul who is prepared to change. Repentance and forgiveness make a brilliant day of the darkest night. When souls are reborn, when lives are changed—then comes the great miracle to beautify and warm and lift. When spiritual death has threatened and now instead there is resuscitation, when life pushes out death—when this happens it is the miracle of miracles.— Spencer W. Kimball
Difficulty in forgiving someone is a struggle. Seeking forgiveness can be harrowing, especially if the one from whom the gift needs to come is unwilling to extend the honor.
Forgiveness the Miracle
Religions that teach of God having the power to remove the stain of misdeeds bring with it faith in the process and hope in the outcome that removes regret. Jesus is so popular because He forgives sins of those who ask for it with sincerity of heart and a desire to change for the better.
How is it a miracle to receive a pardon? The short answers: It does not come often and when it does come it usually is after much travail.
Difficulty in forgiving someone is a struggle. Seeking forgiveness can be harrowing, especially if the one from whom the gift needs to come is unwilling to extend the honor. When seeking forgiveness, repentance is a part of the process. An offender earnestly seeking forgiveness realizes that there exists an imbalance in his or her life due to some offense, imagined or real, that he or she has committed.
Restitution, an apology of some sort needs to occur sufficient to the act committed to gain that amnesty from an offended party which in many cases may not come. As social creatures, humans need generally to feel connected to a society of people, criminal or not, evil or not. The person from whom forgiveness is sought may be a crime boss or a pimp. Anyone who can experience offense has the power to change another person's life through forgiveness. The miracle is that society can forgive at all!
In prisons, many people convert to a spiritual path that leads them to joy because a benevolent God offers forgiveness for the crimes they have committed. A career criminal who rectifies his or her ways through the life-changing teachings of a faith enters the path to self-actualization as they take ownership of their deeds accepting that they are responsible to make restitution to feel whole. This is true for all people!
Spencer Kimball instructed, "But when most of us think of repentance we tend to narrow our vision and view it as good only for our husbands, our wives, our parents, our children, our neighbors, our friends, the world—anyone and everyone except ourselves.
"Similarly there is a prevalent, perhaps subconscious, feeling that the Lord designed repentance only for those who commit murder or adultery or theft or other heinous crimes. This is of course not so.
"If we are humble," he continues, "we will come to think of repentance as applying to everything we do in life, whether it be spiritual or temporal in nature. Repentance is for every soul who has not yet reached perfection." 2
Acknowledgment that change has occurred in the offending party is what he or she desires when seeking forgiveness. Some people are willing to do what the offended party requires beyond reason to receive the blessed pardon. Receiving the gift of absolution unfetters the soul of a petitioner correcting the offensive mar on the soul. It removes the proverbial scent of blood from the hands of the guilty that Lady Macbeth of William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth could not wash from hers.
Dramatization of of seeking forgiveness can cause guilty. Lady Macbeth
Most cultures are cultures of pardons. People beg forgiveness for flatulence, belching, mistakenly bumping another--mistakes! Seeking the graces of others is taught in much of the civilized world. Is there any wonder we crave it in the more weighty offenses. Upon reception, all is right with the world again until necessity requires of us to seek exoneration once more to clear our wear minds?
John Hansen - A Creed for the Third Millennium. This is another article in my Off the Shelf series. Here I offer a set of guidelines, or a creed that we can live by in this The Third Millennium. 1
Spender W. Kimball - Chapter 4: The Miracle of Forgiveness. Chapter 4: The Miracle of Forgiveness-Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball. 2
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