Our 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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