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I Believe Forgiveness Is A Strength Not A Weakness

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    I forgave you... Not

    because you deserve forgiveness, but because I deserve peace.
    SoulScribe SoulScribe 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Forgiveness can sometimes be the hardest thing

    ever which makes it a strength , but determining the strength depends on the situation . But it's never a weakness .
    dezi1124 dezi1124 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 17

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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 6 Responses Mar 4, 2014

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    I forgive but never forget.

    Because i never want to be hurt the same way twice.
    DeathThrone DeathThrone 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 28

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    The first to apologize is the Bravest.

    The first to forgive is the Strongest. And the first to forget is the Happiest
    Savitadutta Savitadutta 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    How can I ever forgive the man

    who killed my mom? How can I let go of the anger that weighs down my soul and keeps me from moving on and growing as a person? My kids will never know their grandmother - they were too young to really remember. He stole that from them, from her and from me. Maybe one day I'll...
    KarmaComedian517 KarmaComedian517 31-35, F 4 Responses May 14

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    i just forgave someone i held a grudge against

    for a year. they hurt me. but i retaliated with much more negativity. i am going through a tough time and literally just realized i had been inadvertantly pushing the blame on him. i just sent him my apology. i hope he forgives.
    scarletwish scarletwish 22-25, M 5 Responses May 31

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    when you forgive your setting your self free

    from pain and anger. Its like having the weight of the world lifted off your shoulders. its quite wonderful
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 2

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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 Mar 23

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    It's certainly not showing your acceptance of

    being trampled on to forgive another's wrong-doings. The vast majority of people are decent and obliging people who certainly wouldn't maliciously hurt or offend another. So is it right to react against this blunder by tarnishing then with reprisal!!? Surely it shows your depth...
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8 41-45, M 4 Responses Jul 5

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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 1 Response Mar 23

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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 7 Responses May 10, 2011

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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 3 Responses Oct 30, 2013

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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 3 Responses Oct 30, 2013

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    Savitadutta Savitadutta 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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    I have forgiven for my own peace.

    but I just can't seem to forget.
    tammyjo7 tammyjo7 46-50, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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

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    Sometimes its best to let go of past by

    learning to forgive. Otherwise, you'll continue to manifest the same problem dynamics in other relationships.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 28

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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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    Due to recent events in my life,

    forgiveness has been a reoccurring matter of thought for me. Not a long time ago, my mother said "Everything can be forgiven" Really? The way she said it, it sounded more like a fact than an opinion. She herself has found forgiveness for people who have betrayed her in the most...
    LilyLua LilyLua 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    wackygramps wackygramps 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 12

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    in think forgiveness is the only option

    for finding peace again. I am going to work on it. I don't want to lose my self. I want to become more kind the I ever was.
    Somexyz Somexyz 26-30, M 5 days ago

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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 4 Responses Jul 3, 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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    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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    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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    How ironic that I post

    that story, telling myself that I shouldn't marry him, that things are so awful lately and then last night he comes home with roses, sincerely apologetic... before I could really express myself, our couple friends, Cassidy and Kelly, came over with food and drinks. It was...
    thejoneses thejoneses 26-30, F 6 Responses Jul 3

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    Freedom Lies In Forgiveness

    “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ― Mahatma Gandhi It took me a long time to discover the freedom that forgiveness provides. All of the unhappy, agonizing hours of my life were spent dwelling on the injustices directed at me over the...
    kiansi kiansi 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 25, 2012

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    I do not hate people.

    I hate actions. I choose love.
    AmyOnEP AmyOnEP 41-45, F 6 Responses Jun 22

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    Sometimes, when we are left with no other choice

    but to forgive someone, it doesn't necessarily mean we have to keep them in our lives. It's more or less about no longer allowing what they've done to hurt or anger you. And moving on.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 5

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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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    “Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set

    someone free and realising you were the prisoner." Max Lucado
    Simplified Simplified 51-55, M 3 Responses Mar 22, 2014

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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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    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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    I believe that there is a difference between

    forgiveness and trust. Everyone deserves forgiveness, not everyone deserves to be trusted again.
    underlyinghonesty underlyinghonesty 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Weakness holds on bare knuckle white.

    Strength knows where it is.
    LadyGallivanter LadyGallivanter 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    I have always believed

    that forgiveness is very important. I would actually say it is one of the keys to happiness. I am always quick to forgive. Holding onto unforgiveness is simply holding onto pain. Why would anyone want to do that? It does not hurt anyone else, it only hurts you. (but when you...
    tcennoC tcennoC 51-55, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    ?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 Mar 24

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    Forgiveness is the key

    that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. ~Corrie ten Bloom
    CurvesandClass CurvesandClass 41-45, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    forgiving is a wonderful feeling,

    and forgetting is even better :)
    justmeBita66 justmeBita66 46-50, F 7 Responses 5 days ago

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    when u forgive some1

    who had hurted u . . . from depth of ur heart . . . u wil find internal happiness
    TheLoneRanger95 TheLoneRanger95 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 7

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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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    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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    No matter how much we hurt,

    we are hurting others in return but who accept by the amount they hurt to forgive?
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 28

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