We cannot expect the ego to go along with it easily, yet as we let go of the crushing victimhood that anger and lack of forgiveness creates, we let go and let God which heals us and sets us free.
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
This quote seems to echo up through the centuries. We look to him, as well as other great mystical teachers, for guidance. In this passage, Yesua shows us that we can call upon a higher power to do the forgiveness for us. This is the way of freedom. No need to waste any mental or emotional energy, just simply allow the higher power of our Love and Wholeness (Spirit) to do it through and for us.
Letting go of anger is essential
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned." ~ Buddha
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.”
~ Martin Luther King
“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."
~ Booker T. Washington
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.”
~ Catherine Ponder
“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”
~ Oscar Wilde
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace”
~ Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
“Without forgiveness, there's no future”
~ Desmond Tutu
“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”
~ William Arthur Ward
“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
~ Abraham Lincoln