"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. " Martin Luther King, Jr.
A life for a life - I 've been watching the Casey Anthony trial..it's made me think about the people who hurt me....who did things that caused me to slip so far down into darkness that all I wanted....was to let go.....and let the darkness have its way.
For a long time I hated those people....I wanted them to suffer....and feel the burn like I did.
Hate consumed me. It caused me turn on myself...punishing myself for what they had done.
It took me a long time to realize.....hating them hurt me.....not them. It kept me locked in darkness.... punching the air....and slipping further down.
The touch of His gentleness made the difference. It showed me.....love, kindness, forgiveness frees in ways that nothing else can. I knew force, threats, fear....this was different. Kindness softened my heart...gentleness quieted the rage...love dissolved the hate.
A life for a life - I didn't get what I deserved. Instead...I was shown mercy and given a chance to live free.
A life for a life - I don't want those who hurt me to die.....I just don't want them to ever hurt anyone else. And as long as they have breath....there's a chance they might even turn their lives around.
A life for a life - His for mine.....gave me the freedom I desperately wanted.
A life for a life - it's already been done