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"Peace be upon you my friend". I have a right to say that always.

Updated on October 22, 2014

Some ask; "who is this man who claims the power to forgive and give peace to others?"

But here on this day I only speak of spiritual in the sense that it helps to understand the here and now empirical and material. Forgiveness and wishing peace to another could be seen as a supernatural act. Perhaps it is true but the perception should bother us.

Someday mankind will reach a good place where forgiving and wishing peace is just the norm. I truly believe that is evolutionary and not revolutionary.

Some say; "only God can truly forgive". That to me is a pretty much lame excuse, for not doing it yourself.

My boy is only 3 but just now as I wrote, he brought me some of his chips and I gave him some of my roasted seaweed. We hugged and forgave each other for a fight we had this morning. He threw a fit this morning and I got real mad and upset. Neither of us have a right to treat each other so. We moved on this morning but this evening we forgave and talked about it.

And it hit me ---- that boy at 3 years old, has the power to forgive me and free me and give me peace. How much more power do you have?

How much water must pass over the dam?

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So the man goes up to three, hardened street men.

The seemingly arrogant man forgives all of them their sins.

The first jumps up and say F -U MF, who the hell are you?

The second politely asks for a buck and gets it and goes away.

The third just looks at the man and says. "how did you know I needed forgiveness?"

Well the three reactions are all completely understandable. But which one moves forward? Clearly they all do and that is just a natural fact. It is how they move forward that makes the difference. Just suppose the first cussing man stops and thinks about it later on and then forgives another and that person another. Just suppose the man with the buck thinks about it and shares it with another. And just suppose the third man really needed forgiveness to get over a hump in life. And was freed in his own mind from a demon that chased him.

Well I am not saying that these things happened but I am suggesting "what if".

Would you get mad.

If someone came up and forgave you, would you be mad or pleased.

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The Judge and the Good Preacher man

A very good preacher man was in court on a speeding ticket. He was guilty and had to plead it that way.

The judge was amazed and told all right there that the preacher man had saved his marriage and his life.

The judge man exclaimed I cannot treat you differently you must pay the fine, I cannot forgive it as the example and precedence would be wrong.

The preacher man reached into his pocket to pay the fine.

The Judged motioned for him to stop. And spoke softly: "as a judge I cannot waive your fine, but there is nothing in the law that says that you must pay it. I shall pay your fine, and in my heart forgive your transgressions"

There is always a way to forgive and spread peace, it is for us to find it and then share it.

Go ahead lay your head on this at night

How hard do we need to make it on ourselves?
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When you find peace you should give it!

Do you deserve the gift more than her?

Do you like to hold on to anger and hate?

Are you better than a neighbor?

Do you think you deserve to be mad at the world?

If you answered yes to any of the above, I forgive you.

What separates us from Peace?

WE DO. If you think you are so bad ass that you never commit a screw up. Just leave this hub now! If you never hold your self accountable for a wrong -- leave me and friends be, and move along. Me and my people accept our failures. We acknowledge our wrongs. Some of us can't even ask forgiveness, and some of us cannot forgive ourselves.

So along comes some kind of joker and he looks you in the eye and says "peace be upon you".

What he is really saying is that "hey man, ain't nothing so bad that I would not forgive it, and so I beg you to forgive yourself and find the peace that will give others peace and create peace" I can forgive you, can you?

Just think about your load and take on another's


I love you and I forgive you. I forgave myself first. I have peace and want you to have it. I would gladly give you mine in exchange for your angst, for if I had yours I could loosen that hold.

A real bad ass dude once said: "my yoke is light, if you carry a heavy burden, bring it on bro and give it to me". When we offer a peace we must be ready to accept and brace for the other man's burden, breathe deep bend the knees and get ready to carry the load. When we say peace brother we must accept the violence within and build up the other in peace.

We put them to work really young around here ;-)

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Rakes are really fun tools. | Source

Forgive me but you cannot call this your own.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Haha....I have some unfeatured ones myself. Oh well. I can brush past the pain too and at a certain point have to do it anyway because it is really unhealthy to wallow in self pity and pain. But, I think really feeling it is sometimes necessary for complete closure.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I suppose it is healthy to feel the pain. It is just that it becomes less melodramatic as we choose to walk in peace. Sometimes I make myself slow down and feel it, rather than just brushing past it. But I can.

      Thanks Shanmarie, I think they want me to get rid of this hub. unfeatured I think.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Great message - even though I'm reading it 3 months late....those HubPage email notifications tend to pile up on me that way.

      Forgiveness sounds so hard to do, but it is not really. Only when we make it so. The hard part is sometimes the hurt to follow forgiving someone else that does not want to forgive in return because that brings a kind of pain that can last awhile. However, it is all a choice really. Bitterness, anger, and resentment are all poisons to the soul of the person harboring those emotions. Pain lasts but for a bit because happiness is also a choice.

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 4 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

      Thank you Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And life is not without of us, it is within of us. If our hearts are filled with love, then that is all that can come out of us. I have tearfilled days. I saw a shrink and a priest. Both were annoyed at my happiness.

      Prisana a really cool guy used to say to folks "your faith has made you well". Your caring has made you extraordinary.

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

      I'm tearful today and reading your words and watching the beautiful video and listening to that song, just made me cry even contrast to the news....about Syria and my own micro war within....peace has been hard to come by....peace brother...thank you for your kind words here...

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much for contributing and adding some good stuff. Let us make it a great day.

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      T S Sky 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      I understand what you are saying and you are a awesome person. I love this post, it's a brilliant post. Peace be with you.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Raine Sky, I believe that if you saw a man suffering under his burden of sin, you would have compassion. You would take that sin upon yourself.

      In my life I have gladly suffered others transgression for they had not the power to forgive themselves. I do not have grace enough for both of us. So I have to burden it until such day I am relieved.

      This is the gift we are given, but so many ignore it. Too busy, too poor, too good, too-not a servant, too important. I choose to forgive others as He would me. And He has never ever ever made my burden to heavy to bare. Except that burden when I do not love as I am loved, that is too much.

      I know it is all hokey pokey Jesus Freak stuff. But that is what I am.

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      T S Sky 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      Hi there. I didn't mean to upset you. We all have our views and are at different places in our lives spiritually to come up with certain answers to questions. Yes, I believe God has given us power and authority over evil and to forgive ourselves and one another but Jesus did not die on the cross in vain, He did it to save us because we couldn't save our selves and when He died and rose from the dead we were given power and authority but we were not made into being God. But maybe I said too much, that's my fault. Sorry for making you upset and love and peace to you friend. May God bless you.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do not accept your limitation. Why would there be such a limitation? Christ never said "you may forgive anyone who sins against you",,, he clearly said whoever's sins you forgive.

      You may think it pompous as did the Sanhedrin and Pharisees. But scripturely we have been given the power.

      I think it down right pompous and arrogant ---- ,,, unless.

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      T S Sky 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      Peace, love, harmony, and forgiveness are all great things to have and to spread. God forgives and He tells us to forgive one another as he has forgiven us. Jesus forgave the people who put Him on the cross. If somebody came up to me and said I forgive you, the first thing I'll ask is, "Do I know you." and "Did I do something to you?" If they reply, "No, we don't know each other I'm just forgiving you." I 'll accept it and move on; I wouldn't be mad or pleased. Everybody has the right to forgive anybody but Jesus is the only one who has the right to forgive you for you go to Heaven; can't nobody get you there but yourself and Jesus.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I thank you Lurana, let go forth and spread the good news today.

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      Lurana Brown 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful message about forgiveness. Peace to you too!

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rose, our life is so precious, us silly folk that write and right here are so good for others. Let us stoop a knee, forgive ourselves and then spread it forward.

      You are a special visitor, thank you much for your being here.

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      rose-the planner 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      You can never be at peace unless you can forgive and be forgiven in life. This was a wonderful and thoughtful article. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Can you imagine the beauty of sharing in love. I am well because of you. I I shall be a brighter light with you in me heart. Let us fall asleep. And re-read this tomorrow... and go out and love!

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      Cat 5 years ago from New York

      Dearest Eric,

      If you have the power and the right to be forgiving then you mustn't be so hard on yourself in the first place. When I know someone and I love them, I forgive their bad days... we all have them.

      Thank you, from the bottom of my heart Eric, this and you... will give me a new strength for tomorrow and I will lift you as high as you'll let me.

      Hugs and love, especially on this night,


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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My lovely Cat, in mind body and soul your are beautiful, and it is I who am blessed and forgiven on this night. I had to be tough as nails this day. It was right and justified. But I feel guilty to force and insinuate my own on others, for who the hell am I.

      Though a continent apart let us hold hands and lift each other up, for we at least care enough to care. You are good and what you do is good. At least let it be known that that is true for me, thank you and peace be upon you.

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      Cat 5 years ago from New York

      Eric, I don't know if this was a good night for me to read this or a bad one... something you said just absolutely filled my heart and my eyes. Eric, do you understand how many people want to know they are forgiven? Know they can be forgiven? Know that being forgiven is not impossible? To be accepted... that's all. We wander around this place, most of us trying to do the best we can and what we believe to be the best. We will certainly err along the way and there is always someone we will be letting down, if none other than ourselves. To hear; 'It's okay, I love you and I forgive you' is by far the best remedy for anyone's soul! Thank you Eric, and I'm taking this personally!

      I love and forgive you!


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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I thank you, that is heartfelt. I pause,,,,,,,,,,,,, and pause,,,,, and have prayed you a wonderful sleep tonight. May the land of the first call to freedom be blessed by you tomorrow.

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      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I'm a little too tired to leave an intelligent comment, but I wanted you to know that I read and appreciated your article. This is a wonderful message. Voted up! Have a great night.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carly oh so cool of you to come by, you look great! You and I both know that it is a hard road chosen and taken up, but that once here, it becomes easier and easier and bigger than us. That old buddy Billybuc really gets it, and for some folks like Epi, it is just assumed. You seem to just exude it as though it is biology and not effort.

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Eric, this is incredible. All I kept thinking is the amount of strength it takes to offer such sincere peace and love towards others. It is certainly not easy but once given and receive it can be transforming. Beautiful!!!


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