What is Forgiveness? |

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4 December 2013
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forgivenessOur society is taught to forgive and forget.  How effective is that phrase really?  When one has been hurt or wronged by someone else, it seems as though forgiveness is impossible let alone being able to forget what happened.  There are several myths of forgiveness our society adheres to such as:

*forgive and forget.

*forgiving means excusing the perpetrator.

*forgiving means the perpetrator is innocent.

*victim is condoning the perpetrator’s behavior .

However, forgiveness is different from these myths listed above.  According to the dictionary, forgiveness means:

*to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.

*to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).

*to grant pardon to (a person).

*to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one’s enemies.

*to cancel an indebtedness or liability of: to forgive the interest owed on a loan.

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3 responses on “What is Forgiveness?

  1. I completely agree with your last point; forgiveness is not just for the person who has wronged you but also for you!!! It seems the longer we hold on to the anger, the more emotional toll it takes on us!!!

  2. Tim Cox says:

    Forgiveness is a tough thing sometimes Kavita. For the most part, I believe “the feelings of resentment” is probably the toughest thing to rid ourselves of. One thing I had to learn quickly over he years of my life, is how to walk in forgiveness. I had to know that once I forgive a person, I could no longer treat that individual according to how they wronged me. I have to treat them as if it never happened. That’s tough! But through Christ it is attainable.

  3. It can be really hard to forgive others sometimes. I have found that I need to forgive others so that *I* am the one who benefits. It doesn’t hurt them to hold a grudge and it doesn’t help them for me to forgive them. I can only hurt or help myself.

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