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I Believe Forgiveness Is A Strength Not A Weakness

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    You gotta be strong to be able to forgive.

    Forgiveness means letting go,release pain.I think we dont have time to waste with ire,anger and revenge. Those are silly inmature things that leads you to the wrong path.We have enough with all those negative things coming to us,makes no sense to add more weight on our shoulders...
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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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 9 Responses May 10, 2011

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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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    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 of...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M Jul 3

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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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    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 6 Responses Mar 4

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    “As I walked out the door toward the gate

    that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.” ― Nelson Mandela Corrie ten Boom “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ― Corrie ten...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M Aug 6

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    "When you hold resentment toward another,

    you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free." - Katherine Ponder "Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me." - Anonymous "To forgive is to set...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M Aug 6

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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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    I make mistakes and learn from it.

    I am not perfect. No matter how well you are doing without me, holding a grudge is only going to hold you back from being fully happy. I may not deserve your forgiveness, but you do deserve peace and happiness..
    SweetRose22 SweetRose22 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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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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    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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    "To forgive is the highest,

    most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness." - Robert Muller "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." - Paul Boese "He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass." - George...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M Aug 6

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    I do, but for some people it will take time,

    time will heal wounds better than anything else. It is hard to forgive, but it used to come very easily to me when I was small. Then again, most children are very forgiving :) I'm just wondering, does anyone have some advice that could help me make amends with my mother? My...
    NTC123 NTC123 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 23

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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 don't believe I have ever met someone

    that truly forgave another...Think of anything! Maybe your dad punched you in the face. And when you got older, he never laid another hand on you, and felt bad for what he did. Maybe he had his reasons for punching you. And that society was different back then. But, you will not...
    Levi1 Levi1 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 27

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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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    Forgiveness is good,

    but forgetfulness is bad. I disagree with those who say "forgive and forget" because that's a pretty dangerous way of living. You put yourself right in the way of getting hurt again. I am always ready to forgive those who've done me wrong, but I never forget.
    JJ125880 JJ125880 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 3

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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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    The choice to forgive is

    not only the right thing to do, but the strongest thing you can do for yourself. To forgive is to put your own pride aside and be the bigger person... To choose to be happy and choose to move forward.... I chose to forgive you, no matter how much pain I felt and how much hurt I...
    autumnslove autumnslove 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    Have A Heart

    We have all been wronged in some point in our lives but it happens in everyday life. Whatever took place we have to learn to forgive and forget even though it easier said then done. People that you would never expect to hurt you will do it whether it's intentional or not. ...
    SoftSpokenOne SoftSpokenOne 51-55, F 7 Responses Mar 8, 2010

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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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    In this world there is

    so much hate for one another and I believe it has to do with not forgiving. When you think of forgiveness what do you think? just wiping away the past or getting over the situation. Forgiveness isn't for that other person who did you wrong it's for yourself. Forgiving someone...
    faithmonyai faithmonyai 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 18

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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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 3

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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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    I grew up believing I had a good family.

    But when we are young our world is very limited and we see as far the eye can see. But when we grow up we start understanding and questioning things. when I was 7 I realized what was wrong in my family. I don't wanna say exactly what cause it does't really matter if you really...
    rukesh3 rukesh3 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 11

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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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    “Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the

    past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another's control... to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, t i t for ta t, escalating always. The present is endlessly...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M Aug 6

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    Don't hate someone from hearing about their

    past. Instead help them to change their future. We all have demons, we all have problems that needs fixing.
    TheGordman TheGordman 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 1

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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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    "Forgiving does not erase the bitter past.

    A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future." - Louis B. Smedes "As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 6

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    Forgiving isn't a easy thing to do

    as I'm sure everybody knows! Therefore can't be a weakness because it takes a lot of understanding and willpower to forgive after their disapproved actions! You can forgive but you can never forget what they said or did! I think it's important to forgive so that you can make...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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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 5 Responses Jun 28

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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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    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 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 14

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    MadameMM MadameMM 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    Unforgiveness is a bondage

    for the heartbroken, the depressed, the angry, the oppressed etc.
    sashakimi4 sashakimi4 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 3

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    margai margai 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    That went quicker than I thought.

    :) my heart is still a little fragile but I know mending it takes a little time. But I know It won't be long until I'm fully recovered...... You know what? I choose to accept my recovery today.. I should expect bumps in the road! that's ok! Because what's life without twists and...
    Cozy01 Cozy01 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 24, 2013

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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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    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 46-50, F 5 Responses Jul 3

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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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    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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    Defiantly agree. Inly the strong can forgive

    and let go, it takes so much to truly do so.
    caijedu caijedu 18-21, F Jan 7

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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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    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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    Three helpful quotes about the importance

    and the power of forgiveness: “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human...
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 46-50, M Aug 6

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    VerucaRose VerucaRose 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    Forgiveness Allows Us To Move On

    Forgiveness allows us to move on, this does not mean we will forget. My favorite quote is "im not weak because I forgive, Im just strong enough to know we all make mistakes." i believe we all need to remember we've been guilty of many evils ourselves. If we expect to be...
    myheartsong myheartsong 36-40, F 6 Responses Mar 8, 2010

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    Forgiveness

    Forgiveness is understanding that anger, hate, resentment, and hurt are all destructive to the person who holds onto those feelings. One of our biggest and most difficult lessons is forgiveness toward others and ourselves. Forgiveness is coming from a higher understanding that...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 4 Responses May 10, 2013

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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 2 Responses May 22

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