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I Believe Forgiveness Is A Strength Not A Weakness

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    I have taken the time to forgive those

    who have made an impact on my life whether it be positive or negative. I understand why they may have committed the acts they did, while looking through their own eyes. Even though, they are not my own they can still be respected and appreciated in a sense. There is beauty in...
    Deadlynightshade5 Deadlynightshade5 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 24

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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 6 Responses Jul 3

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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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    Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying,

    forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
    lilyrose234 lilyrose234 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 27

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    I feel like forgiveness is a weakness

    because I feel like I'm turning back again, when I'm supposed to be already long gone and moved on. I'm weak like that.
    szchwakovpf szchwakovpf 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 9

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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 1 Response Nov 20

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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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    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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    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

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    margai margai 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 18

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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 25 Responses Aug 7, 2013

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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 1 Response Oct 28

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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

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    Both myself and my sweetheart have had to deal

    with each other's skeletons and we've unfortunately hurt each other through our embarrassment.. It was very difficult for both of us for nearly an entire year. Even though many people told us to leave one another, etc etc, we forgave each other of Everything and have become more...
    trmhippygirl7 trmhippygirl7 22-25, F Nov 1

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    I believe this is true

    but I'm not strong enough to forgive right now. In time, I hope to get there.
    Hope1985 Hope1985 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 27

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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

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    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 27

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    For. Give. Giving for others.

    An act of selflessness. Surpassing your own needs and making the sacrifice for someone else in order to have peace within yourself and the other person. I can admit I don't always take my own advice.
    chloejune chloejune 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 8

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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

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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

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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

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    Forgiveness Is Most Definitely A Strength.

    Unpleasant things happen to many of us throughout life whether it be in our business or personal lives. Although it is not always easy to do, and sometimes does take time, I do feel it is essential to try to forgive people. I believe it makes it harder to move on if you hold on...
    SerendipityUK SerendipityUK 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    MrsWrong1 MrsWrong1 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 27

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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

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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

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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

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    CascadingCoquette CascadingCoquette 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    What is tolerance? It is the consequence of

    humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature. -Voltaire
    FullCircleO FullCircleO 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 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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    JakobyM27 JakobyM27 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 8

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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.
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 28

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    Lee124 Lee124 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 15

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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...
    varjakpaw varjakpaw 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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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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    It takes a lot of strength to "let go"

    and to forgive. You almost have to, other wise you're poisoning yourself. You're angry. You're bitter. That's all negative. Let go and live in peace.
    Philli8807 Philli8807 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 3

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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 51-55, M 7 Responses Mar 4

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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 7 Responses Oct 28

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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 5 Responses Mar 22

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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

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    I believe in forgiveness.

    It is a virtue. It shows maturity and stability in one's character. We go through so much in life and it's a waste if you do not learn from those experiences. I do not believe in blaming others for my mistake. When you develop that sense of wisdom and security and learn to...
    Susana1985 Susana1985 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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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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    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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    Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Never

    My older daughter is obsessed with that ABC show "revenge" ... and I have noticed that revenge seems to be a theme that permeates the dramas being released lately. But revenge is a desire that will never be satisfied. Even after a person has exacted revenge, they still don't...
    LostInTheWoulds LostInTheWoulds 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 14, 2013

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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
    AngieM12 AngieM12 13-15, F 4 Responses Nov 24

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    I have to follow the example of my God

    who forgave those who murdered His Son . It takes huge strength to offer love instead of hate
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 5 Responses Oct 11

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    Forgiiiiiiiive. Forgive

    and forgive. FORGIVE. Why is it so hard sometimes.
    kangaroo02 kangaroo02 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    To me, it's a strength to be able to forgive,

    because there's always the risk that the person who hurt you might do it again, but you're strong enough to give them a second chance and you're brave enough to take a risk. Also, forgiving will bring you peace and you'll know you did the right thing. I forgive pretty easily and...
    ginawexler ginawexler 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    You did everything you could do to try to

    destroy me... and I forgive you. Without validating your behavior or condoning your bad choices, I acknowledge that I simply cannot spare the emotional energy to continue to hate you. You behaved appallingly, and you got away with it. You will never pay for what you have done to...
    PhresnoPhoenix PhresnoPhoenix 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 31

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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

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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

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