The relief of forgiveness

Sooooooo, this is my very first post on this blog. I apologize in advance if there are any grammer mistakes. I’m not a native speaker so please forgive me!

Around a two years ago my best friend and me were asked to make a devotion for our youth meeting. A few days after that I watched Kokoro Connect. I was pretty much at the end of it with the case of Iori and her stepfather (I can’t remember what episode it was). The whole Anime was already amazing but this episode was gold and I had one of these moments where God spoke to me through Anime. To be exactly, it was that sentence of Iori:” I don’t want to be stuck in the past by holding a grudge in me and when I forgive him I can move on.” (I translated that from the German SUB, so the English one could be a little different.) For me it holds a deep truth about forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a great topic in Christianity. Forgive because God forgave you. When I was young I was a little skeptic about this. Not that I thought that forgiving someone is wrong or bad, but the explanation “God forgave you so you have forgive others” was not enough for me.

Later on, someone told me that it is important to forgive others because if I’d do something bad I also would like to have a second chance. That was a pretty good explanation actually. But when I watched Kokoro Connect I understood that there is much more behind it!
Forgiveness isn’t only good for the one who is forgiven, but also for the one who forgives! When I realized that I sat awestruck on my chair in front of my computer. This was the final answer to my skeptical view of unconditional forgiveness. If you are not able to forgive you are, in some way, stuck in the past and therefore you can’t really move forward. It can influence your decisions, the mood you have all day and your expectations of life. But if you forgive you can close that episode of your past and finally and completely move on.

Just as Iori who forgave her violent stepfather and was able to move on. (If you want to know more, watch the Anime :3)