Forgiveness as Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

We all quest after these three qualities of life: truth, goodness, and beauty. Too often, those who hurt us are not standing in the truth of who we are, they are not behaving in a morally good way toward us, and the outcome surely is not beautiful.

Those who hurt us leave a mess behind: a distortion of truth, goodness, and beauty.

three-pillarsTruth tells us who we are as persons. We are all special, unique, and irreplaceable. All persons have inherent worth.

Goodness conforms to truth. When we realize that all persons are special and possess inherent worth, our response of goodness should include fairness toward all as well as kindness, respect, generosity, and love.

Beauty is defined by goodness. If we are to respond to others with fairness, kindness, respect, generosity, and love, then we have to express this well from the heart.

So, how do we clean up the mess left behind by those who are cruel?

We should try to forgive with truth, goodness, and beauty. How do we do this?

In truth, we have to start forgiveness by understanding it clearly. Even when someone is cruel to us, the truth is that this person is special, unique, and irreplaceable. Even if this person has hurt us, he/she has inherent worth.

In goodness, even when someone is cruel to us, the challenge of goodness compels us to respond with fairness, kindness, respect, generosity, and love. Yes, even toward those who are cruel to us.

In beauty, even when someone is cruel to The-Truth-Goodness-and-Beautyus, the challenge of beauty is to transform our hearts so that all of the goodness is not forced but is given willingly as a gift to that person.

As we apply truth, goodness, and beauty to those who have acted unfairly toward us, we not only help to clean up the mess left behind but also we are doing our part to make the world a more beautiful place.


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  1. Samantha says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  2. josh says:

    Truth comes first followed by goodness and then beauty. Our attention is captured by beauty, which leads to greater goodness in us, which leads us to the truth. If these pathways are correct, then we need to show the world the beauty of forgiveness as a way to get the attention of our troubled world.

  3. Harriet M says:

    Goodness seems so important when forgiving someone. The goodness is love. We have to practice that and it can be so difficult. Your pages here help me to do that.

  4. Jamie L says:

    Yes, I guess that is right. Forgiveness is a thing of beauty. We offer love where there is hatred. When this is sincerely given, I guess the word for that is beauty.


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