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I Believe Forgiveness Is A Strength Not A Weakness

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    for me personally. i don't want to die hating

    people, or being angry. people make mistakes. forgiving them doesn't mean you have to be their best friend again. it's just letting go of all those emotions that can hold you back. most of all you need to forgive yourself though. every day is a new learning curve full of new...
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    CascadingCoquette CascadingCoquette 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2014

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    Forgiveness

    Confessed he or she said', I feel I may never be unforgiven for my past cruelties and neglects. Please help me."'Do not think about forgiveness from man-made ideas about it. They consist of assorted illusions , including self-serving sentimentality. Start with the idea of self...
    CrystalRainsPearls CrystalRainsPearls 41-45, F 2 Responses May 14, 2012

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    Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to

    forgive.It always makes you a bigger person through the pain.
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 31, 2014

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    A Few Quotes To Help You

    "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." -Oscar Wilde "An adultress passed by a dog at a well; and the dog was holding out his tongue from thirst, which was near killing him, and the woman drew off her boot, and tied it to the end of her garment, and drew...
    Myztikal Myztikal 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 14, 2013

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    the strongest is always the first person I

    think forgiving a person is one of the hardest things a person can do. me personally I will forgive. and still talk & communicate, but for as hanging out and spending time together that part is done
    yrnjojo yrnjojo 16-17, M Jan 28

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    Forgive and Forget?? I'm

    neither Jesus nor do I have Alzheimer's!
    texan75 texan75 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    Forgiveness is a mirror.

    Reflect on what you feel in a situation, empathise and contemplate whoever offended you and wonder at whether it was something to forgive quickly. Taking offence and dwelling on a perceived injustice doesn't always warrant a forgiving, but forgive!
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 5

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    Forgiveness. Because It's All We Have Sometimes.

    My ex boyfriend broke up with me three months (or so) ago. I was devastated because I didn't see it coming. I was angry because he used me as his emotional doormat without me even realizing. I was angry because he treated me with so little respect and dignity throughout our...
    Speifer Speifer 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 30, 2013

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    I forgive but never forget.

    Because i never want to be hurt the same way twice.
    KarenDew KarenDew 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 28

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    Forgiving

    I dont think its a weakness at all more of a strength it takes more strength and engery to forgive then to hate. i was sexual assualted by two people i trusted the most. well one of them  so over come with quilt tried to kill himself. i visited him in hospital when i found out...
    latidoll latidoll 26-30, F 8 Responses May 10, 2011

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    Not everyone who's wronged you would apologize

    so sometimes we'd just got to toughen up and forgive them before it destroys us :/
    EnvysEnemy EnvysEnemy 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Forgive yourself first.

    Then you can get to the other people in your life. Forgiving ourselves is usually the hardest thing to do, but the most important.
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 8, 2014

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    I just think of all the times I needed

    forgiveness... I just made bad decisions or at times was not thinking. I know at times it was hard to forgive me but I am greatful to those who were able to. I am not perfect and sometimes people get hurt. I know it sometimes takes a lot of courage to put yourself on the line...
    lake1107 lake1107 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    The Power Of Forgiveness

    I always show mercy and forgiveness, people who do evil and wrongdoings don't know what they do, blindly lead astray from the light of goodness and compassion, they are lost in the dark with no love in their hearts. I have learned to forgive seventy times seven and more. When you...
    Lushiro Lushiro 18-21, M 23 Responses Aug 7, 2013

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    I do. But people tend to think

    that forgiveness=reconciliation. It does not. To me, forgiveness means to let go of the hurt and anger, to free yourself. I forgive some people who have hurt me greatly. Am I going to invite them over for dinner? Hell no, I don't trust them farther than I can throw them. But...
    notthis78 notthis78 36-40, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I forgive but I never put myself in the position

    where I will have to forgive for the same transgression from same person again.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 8

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    Forgiveness is awesome

    once it's over. It actually keeps us from death. We have to forgive those that we love and some that we just don't care for either. When we apologize to someone we need to have a reason rather than just sugar-coat it and forget about it. When we own up to our own...
    kjmckenzie43 kjmckenzie43 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    To give up our ego and surrendering all of our

    expectation, I believe, forgiveness is the hardest things to do, which is why doing it is a strength to do. By forgiving we are one step close to humanity. To live in hate is just a waste, all the beautiful thing will start to begin when we realize to forgive other and with that...
    DelonWulf DelonWulf 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    Forgiveness is possible

    when the one seeking it takes the bold steps to be forgiven. Acknowledgement, true apology, atonement, change of behavior, rebuilding of trust. Otherwise the offense, is not forgiven; it's accepted, and quite often, repeated.
    livingasme livingasme 51-55, F 5 Responses Jul 3, 2014

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    Forgiveness sets you

    and the person you are holding unforgiveness for free You hold the keys to open the prison cell of unforgiveness. Turn that key beloved ?
    kayblue kayblue 36-40, F 3 Responses Mar 18

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    I have the strength to forgive people,

    but their are only some I would never ever forgive. Some people don't deserve it.
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    To forgive and forget is a much nobler deed than

    but be filled with rage and hatred for the rest of your life. It is not a weakness. To forgive someone is to have the strength to open your mind and forgive them for all the pain that they have caused you. This does not necessarily mean taking that person back, what it does mean...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 28, 2014

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    The Strength In Forgiveness

    There is a strength in forgiveness, never forget what a person does to you. Forgive, because that is what makes us better, it is part of the idea for Divine will.
    Michael820 Michael820 41-45, M 4 Responses Oct 30, 2013

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    ?When you forgive, you heal your own anger

    and hurt and are able to let love lead again. It's like spring cleaning for your heart.?
    gnehs28 gnehs28 26-30, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Holding onto anger and resentment wastes an

    awful lot of energy that could be put to better use elsewhere.
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    Forgiveness for a man I thought to be evil has

    been an amazing learning experience. Although its not complete, I have found it gives me control over the pain I once felt. I have changed the names to protect my privacy, but this was my victim impact statement for the man who had burned my grandmothers apartment, 4 months...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Forgive those who you have not forgiven

    as you are forgiven... Woo hoo JESUS is LORD!!!
    dashuria dashuria 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2014

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    JakobyM27 JakobyM27 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 8, 2014

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    On the flip side, we could just be angry all

    the time and take it out on everybody else. When I forgive someone, I do it for myself and the people I love. There's no need to harbor rage, which is essentially self-righteous self-pity. It's being unable to get past the idea that you've been victimized. As long as you're...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 6 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    I believe in forgiveness.

    I think dragging around resentment or anger is harmful to my spirit and my soul. it`s aggravating and no good comes of those thoughts.... I let them go, i forgive and move on..................
    onestarrynight onestarrynight 56-60, M 7 Responses Mar 4, 2014

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    Forgiveness Forgive -- it is a hard concept to

    understand, because we believe that Forgiveness is something we do for someone else... But it is something we do for ourselves... We look at those we've done us wrong and forgive them their ignorance -- even evil people are Ignorant -- yes, they know what they are doing is wrong...
    findemmawoodhouse findemmawoodhouse 22-25, F 1 Response May 22, 2014

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    It takes courage and patience to forgive

    and be the bigger person.
    TheDimJoker TheDimJoker 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 24, 2014

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    We have to realize that we are not perfect,

    we have the capability of learning from our mistakes. We need to learn to forgive a little but more than hold all of that anger inside, all it does is keep you in a dark place. Thanks to forgiveness i have a relationship with my father and i wouldn't change it for the world...
    newlifejuliana newlifejuliana 31-35, F Feb 20, 2014

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    It takes a lot to forgive like

    that true story I've read about a priest who's life was terrorized by the place he went to build a church I can't remember the country. Those thugs/criminals killed all of his sons and one day decided to join the church and he accepted them. He forgives them, whenever I think...
    EnvysEnemy EnvysEnemy 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Hi, I really need your advice

    because I'm a bit confused and rattled. I was with my boyfriend for about 6 months when we first met everything was great, we laughed so much and had the perfect relationship. His last relationship was 2 years ago & it ended because his ex of 12 years cheated on him. Well I...
    Rainrebel Rainrebel 26-30, F Oct 28, 2014

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    I am going through a tough time.

    I'm going through the process of forgiving and forgetting. The process is hard, but worth it. I admire those who are able to let go and move on.
    indreality indreality 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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    Forgiiiiiiiive. Forgive

    and forgive. FORGIVE. Why is it so hard sometimes.
    kangaroo02 kangaroo02 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 14, 2014

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    Lee124 Lee124 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 15, 2014

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    I have a sister who was born in Oct 12th then

    my brother who was born in Dec 3rd.. we all got mixed match. I have brain injury. I lost all my memory. I don't remember when my sister and brother in law swap me and my brother .. now we are in lost. I even lost my veteran benefits most of it but the business I open .. it is...
    claytonPOOP claytonPOOP 41-45, F Jan 12

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    Forgiving Hitler

    I read this account in the book, "The Healing of Memories" by Dennis and Matthew Linn. A Catholic priest in Germany had had a number of his family and friends suffer under Hitler's regime, and he finally joined a plot to kill Hitler. The plot failed, the priest was condemned to...
    eddiecarbone eddiecarbone 61-65, M 3 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    TheAnonymousTroll TheAnonymousTroll 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 28, 2014

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    MrsWrong1 MrsWrong1 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 27, 2014

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    “Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set

    someone free and realising you were the prisoner." Max Lucado
    Simplified Simplified 46-50, M 4 Responses Mar 22, 2014

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    It has taken me a long time

    not only to learn the importance of forgiveness but also the ability to forgive. To forgive someone releases me from the bondage of hurt, anger, bitterness, self pity, and pride. Once I learned that I am the one in control of letting go of hurt and if I continue to hold on, I...
    JmeP JmeP 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 14, 2014

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    What I Believe And Learned About Forgiveness

    At first the theory, the thoughts, the things I believe. Then one real example from life. --- I believe that there is no fulfilling, rich life and no true happiness without forgiveness, no matter what has happened to myself. I also believe that there is no inward healing...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 51-55, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    if you forgive others

    that shows you are strong then the one's the have all the anger inside of them