You always stand a little taller when you reach out to lift others. When you help another up a mountain, you end up scaling it yourself as well. You cannot hold up a torch to light another’s path without also brightening your own. Treating everyone with dignity and respect, kindness and consideration, is a WIN/WIN situation!
Forgiveness is a decision. We decide to cut off the bitter root and plant a seed of love. We cannot blame ourselves if it does not grow; sometimes the other party has poisoned the soil too much. But we must keep the bitter roots cut and plant more and more seeds of love. Forgiveness begins when we make that choice; long before we see the results.