Some people lose sleep over the ill will they have for others. While some spend a night or two thoroughly processing the wrong that someone did to them, others seem to spend a lifetime at it. The bad movie is played again and again as the particulars of the ill will are fomented over. Yet, bad thoughts about others don’t hurt them; they only pollute our own minds. Bad thoughts change our disposition and our demeanor…bad thoughts change who we are.
It’s hard to let go of past pains and detach our harsh blame and criticism of another. Nevertheless, forgiveness can set us free. Forgiveness is what cleans the untoward stains that bad thoughts render onto us. While bad thoughts about others (and us) defile the temple of our bodies, forgiveness provides a cleansing for the heart and the mind.