How do we handle people who hurt us?
Sometimes it’s difficult for one to forgive someone for what they have done. We tend to judge them from our perspective for their actions. Sometimes we are justified in our feelings, and sometimes we are not. Many times we sense their anger, or their grudge bearing against us. With time, these feelings cause a separation between the two parties that become permanent.
But what can we do? I believe that we cannot change someone’s attitude or behavior. We will always experience people or situations that we are not agreeable with. Some will say this is caused by causality (innen), and others will say it is random. If we cannot change other’s behavior, what can we do?
We can change our reaction to their behavior. I believe that our religion gives us this opportunity to calm our minds when we are faced with a disagreeable situation.
If we truly believe that all mankind will be saved, how can we hate or have ill feelings toward our fellow man? When we see people who appear to behave unruly, we must realize that it will take some people more time to be saved. This does not mean that we ignore what others say, or not respond to things we disagree with. We must calm our minds and not have animosity toward the situation. Many times this is very difficult to do by ourselves. We must ask God to help us with our prayer.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”
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