Justin had reason to hate. His business partner had cheated him out of years of profits. Finally, one day, sick of the hate, Justin began to forgive.
At first, he simply worked to see his former partner as a human being. Little by little, he began to release hate's grip on his mind. Each day, forgiving and forgiving again, Justin reclaimed the energy his life had lost.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. True forgiveness is neither simple nor quick. In fact, it can be wrenching. But the only thing worse than letting go of hate and anger is letting hate and anger keep their grip on you. Justin learned that the one who loves loses the least . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matt. 6:12)