Finding Hope Begins with You

Finding hope through prayersThe road to forgiveness is a difficult yet enlightening path. You may have done something that you feel is indefensible, but this does not mean it is impossible to forgive. Through the path of forgiveness, it is important to remember these three things:

Learn to forgive yourself

Hating yourself will just make things worse. Before asking forgiveness from others, you need to forgive yourself. This does not mean forgetting what you did, but learning to let go of the regret. This is difficult to do for many, but even for grave sins, it is not impossible. An understanding of what you did, how it affects you and others is what you need to establish. This is different from beating over a mistake as you are learning from it, and not just recalling it.

Open up to others

Opening up to others and admitting your mistakes is the next step. It may be difficult to approach others if you feel that your sins are great, but there are people willing to help you. Finding a community that can help you through these troubled times can mean the difference from falling into despair or moving forward with your life.

Members of churches like those from can attest to this, as they believe that forgiveness also comes from the people around you. Just like understanding yourself, you need to open up to others for them to understand your situation.

Hope in faith

Having faith through your troubled times makes a huge difference. Many simply let go of their faith because of despair, but it plays an important role in forgiveness. By letting go of it, the words of assurance coming from yourself and those around you would lose its meaning. Faith means that you have someone else that listens to you and understands what you are going through.

There is no sin so grave that cannot be forgiven. It is through the sacrifice that is noted in the Holy Bible, which allows everyone the opportunity to forgive without falling into despair. At the end of the day, it is important that you never lose hope.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.