Open Letter to Sven

My Dear Sven,

Although I am writing you this letter, I will keep it for myself since you’ve forbidden me to send you “heartfelt messages”.

Really, to love you or, better, finding beauty in loving you still, means for me to lay down my life for you. It means letting go of all egoic sense of myself, it means forgetting about all painful memories, it means to die as the person I once thought I was.

It means also to be born again. “To be born again of the Spirit”, as the Master would say; a Spirit strong, joyful, beautiful and flawless.

That is the true blessing. That is the meaning of the words of Christ Jesus when he says, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

This is the meaning of his answer to Peter asking, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

Jesus says to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

He meant, “Forgive as long as there is something to forgive”. For there will come a time when there is nothing left to forgive, when all that is behold is God (Good), perfection.

I wanted to thank you because, perhaps, unknowingly, you’ve taught me selfless love (or forgiveness). This has brought peace and joy to my heart and I feel grateful for that. I feel really grateful to live and to grow.

Some may think that to forgive means to become a doormat, accepting the intolerable while remaining the witness of someone’s seeming wrongs and flaws. Some believe that to forgive is to be weak.

Truly. It is not so.

To forgive is not to remain passive. To forgive implies a giving; to “give-for” what seems to be, something else.

It is to give for hate, love.
It is to give for indifference, care.
It is to give for lack, abundance.
It is to give for sadness, joy.
It is to give for doubt, certainty.

Indeed, for-giveness is the most powerful “weapon” in the world. The person that can forgive “seventy times seven” has no fear. That person lives in a complete state of acceptance. Herein lies true power.

I really believe that the teachings of Christ Jesus are showing us the way to peace and harmony. We need not be afraid of what others may think of us. Just hearing the words “God”, “Bible” and “Jesus” makes people run away, for some reason.  They would not run away, I am sure, if they knew that in those teachings lies the answer to all of their apparent problems and challenges.

One cannot live a life of joy and fulfillment without knowing the meaning of for-giveness because, at some point in our lives, we will all need to for-give someone and, above all, we will all need to find someone to for-give us.

With love,

Christina

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