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I Believe In Forgiveness

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    I was abused severely in every way imaginable

    growing up in foster care . I was abused from birth u til I was 14. When I was adopted. I forgive everyone who ever hurt me. holding all that hurt and anger inside got to be too much for me.
    tylerlh tylerlh 18-21, M 7 Responses Mar 3

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    In Order To Live In Peace We Must Forgive..

    We have all been betrayed and hurt by others. Some of us have been terribly abused, neglected and dehumanized. Through these experiences shame, guilt, anger, self hate, mistrust and other horrible feelings emerge and develop. This is hell to live with. We become locked in a...
    ElitaElle ElitaElle 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    They may have hurt us in the worst ways possible

    but it's just gonna keep hurting us if we don't forgive the people that cause is to feel the way we do.
    kitty465 kitty465 18-21, F 5 Responses May 10

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    I'm a good enough person to forgive you

    <3 But I'm not stupid enough to trust you again
    BeautifulDayDream BeautifulDayDream 22-25, F 7 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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    Hey mom, it's been a long time

    since we've seen each other, and even longer since we've spoken. I was 17 when I moved out, you said nothing, when Chrystal died and you showed up at the funeral, you said nothing. Ty says that you never talk about me, and when he brings me up, you act as if you've heard nothing...
    CongratulationS CongratulationS 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 4, 2014

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    Probably the subject I didn't want to write

    about so here it goes... Who has the power over me right now? The guy at work who's just out to make my job harder? An ex wife who seems to be driven by greed? A loved one whom seems distant and doesn't seem to want a closer relationship? As much as my list goes on it doesn't...
    StevieF8 StevieF8 41-45, M 1 Response May 20

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    I have had people question me about forgiveness

    when I say that one major aspect to healing from being hurt is to forgive those who have hurt you. So I hope this will clarify and help to bring some understanding of what forgiveness really is. When someone has hurt you, its like something has been planted inside of you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 21, 2014

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    You may have done some things wrong,

    but I know you have done a lot of things right too. I forgive you for what you did, because I want you to have more opportunities to do it right. Forgiveness brings with it the ability to move on for both parties, but especially for me. I don't want to feel the ache and I don't...
    beachesandsunshine121 beachesandsunshine121 26-30, F Jul 16

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    Being Forgiving Does Not Mean Be A Doormat

    I think Forgiving someone does not automatically exclude you from saying No, I am done. Saying no and saying you are forgiven can go hand in hand. It simply says, yes i will forgive you, but i will not allow you to hurt me again. I think that forgiving someone, and allowing them...
    neuilly neuilly 61-65, F 8 Responses Dec 3, 2012

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    i believe in forgiveness

    because God likes this...i know its difficult to forgive someone who makes u hurt but believe me i have experienced that by forgiving u will feel lighter ..
    sincerehuman sincerehuman 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    I do and not in the religious way either,

    but in the human, mortal way. I have forgiven many in my life who hurt me. Some meant to intentionally, some did unintentionally. That is all done and gone. I can't move forward if I am always looking back behind me, watching what I just came through. I would just run into walls...
    rowenbumble rowenbumble 56-60, F 1 Response May 15

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    I think forgiveness is to be given asked for

    or not. I mean some people forgive their daughter's murderer .. who never asked for forgiveness ?! Forgiveness in my opinion is a choice you do for yourself, not for the other person involved. It is a choice for you to let go of those emotions you've been holding on and to move...
    Babeondwy Babeondwy 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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    I'm a very forgiving person

    but I do not forget. I forgive people but I don't let them walk over me. Once someone has betrayed me I take a mental note not to trust that person. so yes, I will forgive them but the trust has been broken
    EarthLorde EarthLorde 13-15, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    No need for revenge. Just sit back

    and wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves and if you're lucky. God will let you watch.
    BeautifulDayDream BeautifulDayDream 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    After many years of holding onto to anger,

    a few years ago I learned the power of forgiveness. I was able to truly forgive some of the most unforgivable acts. I was liberated by the release of emotional weight that carrying unforgivrness in your heart comes with.
    marijoy77 marijoy77 36-40, F 9 Responses Jul 14

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    To move forward in our lives,

    it is essential to practice forgiveness. Harboring negative feelings towards another only serves to cause one inner bitterness. A long held grudge is poison.
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Jul 1

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    I've learned forgiveness is possible

    and makes way for growth and love. Before I go any further I am going to make a disclaimer: this story will be a short novel about my life experiences as it relates to forgiveness. Growing up I had a particularly conflicted relationship with my father. There was abuse...
    RedHotCrazyPerson RedHotCrazyPerson 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 6, 2014

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    Some wounds, we carry with us everywhere…

    and though the cut is long gone, the pain still lingers. What’s worse? New wounds, which are so horribly painful, or old wounds, which should have healed years ago, and never did? Maybe our old wounds teach us something. They remind us where we’ve been, and what we’ve...
    KrisKrosSk8 KrisKrosSk8 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I have been hurt so many times by

    so many people and to this day I forgive them and I wish everyone could forgive people because some people don't mean to hurt people and I believe that if your honest you can get way farther in life (:
    Lillyanna123456789 Lillyanna123456789 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    I've forgiven every body in my life,

    we all lie I do some time, but I will forgive you if you deserve it, for me friendship is the most important thing in life, so I think people must think why they lie if lies bring more lies and more lies, and at the end they will consume you and change who you are and that is...
    omgfood omgfood 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    My half brother raped me

    when I was 8. He was 32 at the time. It's taken time, but I've finally forgiven him. That doesn't mean we are in contact, that doesn't make what he did okay. But I've let it go. The test of my forgiveness came the day my dad died. I was enlisted to make the phone calls... My...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 14

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    But only when somebody is truly sorry.

    I respect those who can forgive regardless of it, but I don't have that in me.
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M Jul 14

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    I always believe in forgiveness.

    If you cheated on me that's different. If you cheated on me, don't come near me, don't come back to my house to give me flowers for your sorriness I'm not having it. If you come by I'm throwing my heels at your head. I would come get my things that I left at your house. Don't...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    Although we suffer and endure many trials

    and tribulations in our lives, we can't stop pushing forward no matter how much the burden weighs.. because the weight only makes you stronger and gives you a chance to understand and show the true value of compassion
    Tripp93 Tripp93 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 23

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 17

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    "Until we have seen someone's darkness,

    we don't really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone's darkness, we don't really know what love is." - Marianne Williamson
    TjDee TjDee 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 11

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    sure, in a perfect world,

    I'm very forgiving. it's just that my heart and my head have a hard time with the forgetting part. sure i forgive but the chances that you'll ever be welcomed back like nothing has changed isn't likely. i don't give many chances, so if i do give you one handle it with care...
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    I never knew what to call them.

    .....bullies?.....I don't know if that's what I'd call them necesarrily cuz they never actually hurt me physically.....well they did but it never hurt much and they hardly ever did it that way. The fact that they wanted to hurt me always made me upset. I never did anything to...
    lonewolf2323 lonewolf2323 18-21, M 1 Response May 19

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    i forgive my Husband everyday.

    . he cheated on me.. it was very hard at first.. like punch on ur face... so hard thst i shut myself down and pretended nothing happened.. didn't work lonng time like that.. then i faced it.. everyday I accept the fact that he has cheated on me.. he was not what i thought for...
    BohemianSoul BohemianSoul 31-35, F 12 Responses Jul 14

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    I have forgiven my ex.

    She has a tendency to run from her problems. Or she over reacts and makes bad decisions.
    jcc2001 jcc2001 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 29

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    Forgiveness...

    I believe there is so much power in forgiveness. Simply saying " I forgive you" is easy, but really letting go of the bitterness, and resentment, hard feelings that may still linger is the hard part. There have been so many people in this life that I have had to forgive. Some of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 6, 2013

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    I wish everyone did! Forgiveness is very

    important what really enhances it is when people are sincere in asking for forgiveness but first be will to admit. I do not feel forgiveness should be abused for instance why ask for forgivenss for something you have no intention on changing. It can get old quick to hurt someone...
    Babeondwy Babeondwy 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    Holding a grudge is like drinking poison

    and expecting someone else to die.
    SolitaryElf SolitaryElf 41-45, F 15 Responses Mar 17

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    Nual Nual 22-25, F 4 Responses May 20

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    Im done saying sorry

    for the person I used to be. I already forgave myself and become a different person...if people still want talk about the things I've done then whatever.. There's not much I can do. Lol love this so much lol #peace&blessings
    samipee samipee 18-21, F 5 Responses May 22

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    But why can't I let go of the pain?

    It's not like I share it with anyone else. Why can't I just say we all make mistakes? I just can't move on yet. When I try to talk to her about it she gets defensive every time and turns it back on me. I'm tired of that. She won't go to joint counseling nor will she go on her...
    fg2704 fg2704 46-50, M 2 Responses May 10

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    To people in my past,

    it might not seem like I have forgived, but I have. You can't hold a grudge forever. I believe God would want me to forgive anyways. ( :
    samhc samhc 18-21, F 1 Response May 4

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    I pray for forgiveness .

    I pray forgiveness for my lack of loyalty. I have considered myself loyal all my life , I don't know when I noticed myself slip. I pray for forgiveness .
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 26

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    Here are forgiveness tips

    and adaptive coping strategies you can use every day: You don't need to talk to a therapist -- venting hurts and resentments with a trusted friend or family member can be beneficial. Writing down your hurts and resentments in a letter can be a form of commitment. Then trash or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses May 28, 2014

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    I feel at peace when I forgive.

    ..it's the best thing ever to be able to forgive.
    Nual Nual 22-25, F 2 Responses May 21

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    How strong it has made me.

    I have gained great strength in asking for forgiveness. Most fell I am weak because I am sincere and humble. Little do they know. I am strong and bold because to ask for forgiveness takes courage!!!!
    Babeondwy Babeondwy 41-45, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I believe in forgiveness

    but I think people confuse it with reconciliation. The two are not synonymous.
    elephantwalk elephantwalk 31-35, F 7 Responses May 3

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    Forgiveness might make us look weak,

    but the weakest person is the one who holds anger, hatred, and revenge.
    saritahaj saritahaj 16-17, F 4 Responses May 2, 2014

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    If you're in the situation of having to forgive

    betrayal, being cheated on in a relationship please me too "I am not the other woman" There's wives there who are forgiving their husbands and they're very supportive.
    paliglass paliglass 31-35, F 2 Responses May 21

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    My Journey Towards Forgiveness

    I have been thinking alot about forgiveness lately and have truly been inspired by alot of things I have read about letting go of the hurt and anger and allowing yourself to heal. Moving forward on your journey and not allowing bitterness and anger to control you. We often think...
    snowbunny1002 snowbunny1002 46-50, F 31 Responses Jun 28, 2010

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