Forgiveness Is For You, Not Them

I remember vividly my first stint with heartbreak from a friend. It was my first year in the University, and series of misunderstandings threw everything we had into the drain.

I remember how I felt: shocked, confused, disoriented. It appeared as though I was floating in the air with fangs of darkness aiming to choke life out of me. I had my first taste of the reality of tears shed by screen actors. My entire body system got patches of bile splattered on them.  If I had taken food that moment, I would have died. I was very bitter. Lying down was the best position to stay in with my misery.

I vowed to be unforgiving, to have my own taste of blood when I get the chance. I said to myself, “This is the last time someone will break your heart.” The sixteen years old me nodded in affirmation. I believe that strengthened me. I left the bed after some hours, and got myself busy, with a heart filled with disgust for relationships. True to my vow, I left a trail of brokenness on my path.


I could get along with people on a formal basis, but when I got into informal relationships, I became a bar of steel, barring myself from anything that would make me relive that day I got stuck to my bed. I didn’t know I was still on that bed, emotionally and psychologically. I didn’t get hurt, and didn’t get love, either. I was the boss lady, and chose to give “love” but refused to receive any. I blocked off anything that would usher in pain. I also lost love in the process.

The day I realized that I was dying for fulfilling love changed me. I knew I couldn’t receive love, all hard and imposing. I needed to be human: to feel, to give a chance to be hurt, and also to receive healing. Over and again. I wailed from a depth so far, I never knew it existed in me, years after the first heartbreak. At the point of desiring to be filled with the Spirit, it was imperative I laid myself bare. I needed to put aside every barrier, every un forgiveness, everything that was a burden. I was asking God to help me forgive myself, and to become open. I knew I held myself captive; I jailed myself in order to run away from pain.

IMG 0438After I became broken, and accepting of myself as capable of getting healed as well, I have had greater hurts and pain. They all were lying in wait to reach to me. So was love immeasurable. I learn everyday to release forgiveness to myself, to step away from encasement that come with the gift of hurts, to be able to forgive those who have hurt me intentionally or otherwise; to be able to wake up as many times as possible from the bed of misery, to practice the art of living by knowing when to let go, and when to hold on; to soar, to speak out, to keep silent, to see the good in people, to love, and to love after bouts of pain.

I came to discover that my pain doesn’t need to be over before I get joyful. “It is not complete” isn’t the same as “It is not enough”. As long as I have life in me, I would look for peace, I will have joy, I will laugh, and smile…regardless of difficulties and wrenching pain.

Pain gives purpose meaning. When you are hurt, you are pushed to seek for the antidote. It is in seeking for a way to get better that you find meaning to your life’s quest. I honestly do not know the pain you faced, you are facing or you are about to face, which can keep you all down and low. The bed is not for you to spend the rest of your days in it wallowing in misery. Wake up, not hardened and vengeful but with forgiveness paramount in your heart. I will end with a prayer in T.D. Jakes’ The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord:

“Father, I admit that I am hurting today. I know that I have been through pain, and I realize that all of it has not totally been recovered. Yet, I know that there are those worse off than me. forgiveness. Give me an opportunity to give encouragement out of my wisdom.

As I give to others what I wish someone would give to me, I thank you for replenishing me and giving me living water. I confess my life is filled forgiveness with stagnant water. All that has not leaked out of me is not moving forward, but today, O God, I stir up my waters. I am through just shedding tears of depression. I thank you for blessing me as I give to those who have need. Someone else needs this bed more than I. Now, Devil, you have held me in this bed long enough. In the name of Jesus, I will arise and be healed! Amen.”

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Ojukwu


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