God has an easier time forgiving us than we have forgiving one another, and even forgiving ourselves. Many times it’s difficult to simply stop doing something wrong, without substituting something positive.
Focusing on a different and better future is more effective than simply lamenting or obsessing over the mistakes (sins) of the past. Spending some time reflecting on the past to learn and accept responsibility is far different than obsessing and being paralyzed from past missteps.
If you have a hard time doing something good for someone whom you do not like, instead find someone you do like and do something extra nice. Remember the father in the prodigal son story did a poor job of letting the elder son know how much he appreciated him!
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Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”