This one for me is a modified version of the Wizard’s Fourth Rule. “There is Real Power in Forgiveness” is also a condensation of many of the teachings of Christ on forgiveness without actually being one of them. The ideas of asking for forgiveness and forgiving others are there but there is also in Goodkind an understanding of the power of forgiveness you receive from others.
In the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer in particular Jesus instructed his disciples to ask for forgiveness from God and forgive others. What is more striking is this aspect of the Lord’s prayer that becomes the only part of the Lord’s prayer he comments on by stressing the uncomfortable truth that one must forgive or one would not receive forgiveness from God. Forgiveness becomes mandatory for the Christian not an option.
For me and hopefully my family we have learned forgiveness power not in that we have had some major thing to forgive but rather that I have learned that forgiveness on a daily basis simply frees my mind and heart to liberty of action. I don’t waste time, energy or actions on unforgiveness which is one of the greatest thieves of happiness and prosperity. Forgiveness that is sincere keeps me moving long without getting stuck in a quagmire of hate and anger. It also has the power to keep my relationships strong and sincere.
This is probably the greatest power of forgiveness in that it keeps doors open. A forgiving person always has an avenue to restoring a relationship if the other person walks down it to them. Bitterness builds walls; forgiveness builds bridges and maintains them. It is one of the most powerful tools in the stewardship of our relationships and an essential element in marriage.