“Blessed are those with a clean heart, for they will see God” (Mt. 5:8). How easy it is to allow our hearts to be poisoned by the pain that others cause! And because it is so easy, it takes no special effort, but to simply allow our minds to interpret some actions of others as offending, insulting , and takes the freedom away from us. What do I mean by freedom? The freedom to live in peace and communion with God and therefore with others. The resentment, and the pride will consume us and serve as a barrier between us and others. It will then separate us from God as well. Being angry with others is equal to murder (Mt. 5:21-27). And if we commit murder, we sin against God. We are guilty for holding grudges against others. It makes us not like God. “Be perfect as my Father is Heaven is perfect” Jesus told his disciples (Mt 5:48). For example, let us love those who hate us, pray for those we consider our enemies, and bless those who curse us. Not easy, but perfect. We are not perfect beings, but we can strive for perfection. Using our current imperfect nature as an excuse for not loving others unconditionally is an irresponsible, coward, and immature way of justifying our sins.
Our human nature, which is immature and selfish, makes us want the easy way out. Our prayer should be “Help us forgive others, God! Because if we don’t, then You will not forgive us!” How tragic it would be to face God one day to simply be rejected by our unwillingness to love others unconditionally. How selfish and evil can we be? How much pride do we allow to take over our lives to the point of giving us no choice but to be condemned! Harsh words? Exactly. Because this life is hard. And we should make it the best we can, by doing what is not comfortable, but gives us eternal reward. The easy way out gives us harsh consequences. The narrow path gives us Salvation. Let us be transparent and forgive others so that we can see God (Mt. 5:8).