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I Believe In Forgiveness

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    If we all held on to our anger the world would

    be a very nasty place indeed and no bad person would be able to change their ways. Forgiveness is, perhaps, the most important part of loving our fellow Human Beings
    2t3v3 2t3v3 16-17, M 4 Responses Jun 7

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    I don't know if I do.

    . I think it depends on the act or person your forgiving
    TashaBbb TashaBbb 18-21, F Jul 20

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    People make mistakes.

    Even the best person can mess up. It's okay to be upset, but sometimes losing a friend isn't worth staying angry. Know when to forgive, even when it's hard because you'll be better off in the end. Live and learn, forgive and forget, other cliche things :p
    CaptainBenza CaptainBenza 18-21, M Apr 17

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    Change your life by forgiving those

    that hurt/harmed you. I love this vid on forgiveness > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4tl_AAxQao
    InnerCalm InnerCalm 31-35, F 7 Responses Mar 20

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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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    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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    hey all ! ... this is important

    and big. can i have a small time of yours, just little.. few minutes.. i sign up here around a year back to share my story with people and i did. i expected people will help me out from my heart broken stage and yes to maximum extend people helped, thanks a lot... then i began...
    heartless2 heartless2 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    First Step

    Sometimes... the first step to forgiveness is realizing that the other person... is bats**t crazy.
    wendu44 wendu44 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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    I do believe in forgiveness.

    This doesn't mean forgetting though, let's make that clear. Forgiveness is a very complex concept to grasp; is it saying "it's fine" to something someone has done to you, something horrible or despicable? No. We all were given free will to make our own choices, this...
    cassidysc cassidysc 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Forgiveness not only means something to the

    person being forgiven, it also means that the forgiver is ready to move forward with that person again. I’ve heard a lot of people say they’ll forgive but they never forget. My personal opinion is one has nothing to do with the other. Forgiveness is acknowledging the fact...
    KLMKitten KLMKitten 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 19

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    I don't know what to do!

    ! :( I don't know!! Did I forgive him or did I simply hide him in my memories? When I was 11, my parents were invited to spend some time with friends. Because we were too young to stay home alone, my parents took us there. The relationship between the two families was great...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 18

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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 9 Responses May 28

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    Forgiveness In All Shapes And Sizes

    Recently I have learned how much forgiveness can change a life. I was brutalized as a child into my teen years. I was beaten, molested and terrorized by my siblings and parents. After I got married I even received threatening and harassing calls and e-mails from my own mother...
    paintedblue paintedblue 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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    As A Father...

    I have 5 children. Forgiveness is a major part of my life.
    NobodySpecial NobodySpecial 41-45, M 7 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    The Gift of Forgiveness

    Forgiveness is a gift we give to others as well as ourselves. We all have our reasons for doing the wrongs we have done to others.  Likewise we have beliefs or perceptions of wrongs done to us and why.  We cannot see into the heart and mind of those we...
    LowBottom LowBottom 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 3, 2008

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    Why? Because it helps.

    I use to hold onto a lot of anger when I was younger due to a whole lot of unnecessary oscar mayer bologna drama caused by a special kind of person. But after a couple of crazy event's occurred in my life. I was finally able to realize how little that drama actually meant to...
    SweetKrazyChill SweetKrazyChill 26-30, F 1 Response May 24

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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 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 6

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    It is easy for me to forgive others,

    why is it so hard to forgive myself?
    memyselfandi27 memyselfandi27 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 16

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    Forgive and let it go

    because holding in to something only hurts you more in the end.
    lostsoul9011 lostsoul9011 22-25, M Feb 16

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    Forgive yourself and others.

    Not for them, but for you. Hanging on to hatred, hurt, anger, it will slowly put out your light. Your life force. Let it go. You don't own it all. Apologize for your mistakes, forgive theirs and move on. SSometimes it's a matter of convincing yourself you have forgiven. One...
    kbetweens kbetweens 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 8

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    I forgive people because I believe in second

    chances but just because i forgive dosent mean i forget.
    HopeForReson HopeForReson 16-17, F Jul 20

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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 ..
    happyhuman1 happyhuman1 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 22

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    MemeMia MemeMia 22-25 1 Response May 24

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    It's not easy to forgive

    if you will use your feelings... Forgiveness is not only a feeling it's a decision...
    onionheart16 onionheart16 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.

    You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate...
    serachii serachii 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 1

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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 10 Responses Dec 3, 2012

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    hey all ! ... this is important

    and big. can i have a small time of yours, just little.. few minutes.. i sign up here around a year back to share my story with people and i did. i expected people will help me out from my heart broken stage and yes to maximum extend people helped, thanks a lot... then i began...
    heartless2 heartless2 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    Does anyone else think it's hard to forgive

    people over and over again and have them never forgive anyone else back?
    FunctorFunny FunctorFunny 13-15, M Mar 9

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    This is the first step to healing.

    .whenever someone does me wrong, the first thing I do is say "I forgive you, it's in the past" because it honestly is!! Trust me when I say I've had my share of pain, I understand what it feels like to just stay angry all the time..holding grudges is like punching yourself in the...
    YoursTrulyLina YoursTrulyLina 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Forgiveness might make us look weak,

    but the weakest person is the one who holds anger, hatred, and revenge.
    sarahalhaj sarahalhaj 18-21, F 7 Responses May 2

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    All i have to say is

    if God and Jesus can forgive us all, why can't I when I'm made in their image?
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    The Truth Of Forgiveness

    People often associate forgiveness with closer. Not realizing that forgiving someone does not mean forgetting what they have done to you. I do believe in forgiving those who've done wrong to you but do you blame me for not forgetting what they have done to me. The human mind...
    SilentStoryteller SilentStoryteller 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2012

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    Forgiveness

    Let go of old grudges. Be strong. Love. Forgive. Live on.
    BellaFairy BellaFairy 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 1, 2012

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    Maybe the last time I got sick I was sick

    for so long because I hadn't forgiven people who had hurt me a long time ago...holding in all that rage, hatred, and whatnot can do some damage to a person. If only I had thought of it sooner and I may not have to live with the stupid cough the infections left behind. Ugh.
    TheIceDragonReturns TheIceDragonReturns 16-17 2 Responses Apr 28

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    Forgiveness Is The Merger Of Self And Others

    Be kind to yourself and you will find it natural to be kind to others.  Forgive others and you will naturally forgive yourself.  This is the essence of happiness.  It is liberating to recognize that we are connected in spirit and identity with those who hurt us and...
    jimmyblue jimmyblue 41-45, M 7 Responses Dec 18, 2009

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    I BELEIVE in Forgiveness I don't have much

    patients but I try an forgive I hope one day I can forgive myself!!!! I can forgive others with time sometimes I feel as if I stretch myself thin with trying to help an save other ppl bc I feel like I can really help them lol!! Sometimes I do sometimes I don't but I will pray an...
    JacodyProphecy JacodyProphecy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 19

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    I Forgive You

    It's taken some time for me to get there and it's not always easy but yes I believe in forgiveness. Forgiveness isn't for the person that hurt you,forgiveness is for you. The person that hurt you could careless about the pain, the anger, the bitterness and sadness they've caused...
    sexxydiva sexxydiva 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 8, 2011

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    I Found Forgiveness

    Well first, I'll say that the personality I've exhibited through EP has been more like the person I wanted to be than who I really was, but I recently took a step towards becoming that one I want to be. I guess this blame I had on my conscience was what was holding me back...
    NeonBlueMidnight NeonBlueMidnight 26-30, M 5 Responses Apr 25, 2011

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    She Likes Watching Me Screw Up

    I started working for my Dad a couple of months ago and although we've titled my role Office Assistant I have to know pretty much how everything runs, as if I owned the place because one day I may.I'm learning how to mix concrete, concrete colorants, building work orders, precast...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Oct 11, 2011

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    "Since when is forgiveness a better quality

    than loyalty" I've always been a stubborn individual just like my father and one of the biggest vices I have is being too prideful. Because of my fear to look "stupid" I've held back a lot and I've missed many opportunities to build meaningful friendships and relationships. It...
    Cantbelieveit20 Cantbelieveit20 22-25, M Apr 7

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    if you don't forgive,

    there's more weight to your shoulders. why carry more trouble than u already have? grudges drain your energy, i don't bother. forgive and move on
    basedgodschild basedgodschild 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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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 3 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    Life is a long journey.

    ..we meet so many people when we are traveling that...we cannot stop in front of one person and hate him as we have to go far in our journey...you don't need money to spread forgiveness...forgive them though they blame you, insult you, betray you...oneday they will realize their...
    chethaki chethaki 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 5

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    I think people misunderstand forgiveness.

    Humans live in a perpetual state of projection, we project our feelings and our expectations on to other people and we expect the world to bend and shape itself around us to fit our own thoughts and emotions, but this is simply not healthy nor good. Forgiveness is not given to...
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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...
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    Learning Forgiveness From Nelson Mandela

    I read in the book "8 habits of Love" that Nelson Mandela introduced a forgiveness and reconciliation agenda when he was freed from prison and took his place of leadership in South Africa. Anyone who had committed a crime in the prior regime would be forgiven. But they had to...
    rickleester rickleester 41-45, M 1 Response Feb 4, 2013

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    My story is super long I hope someone can

    Help me out wit my experience ? When I was in middles school I was overweight maybe even obese and I had a hard time getting guys attention when I reached my 8th grade I lost about 50 pounds I felt great I began to date my friends cousin I was in heaven thinking finally someone...
    cyma2911 cyma2911 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    Related Experiences

    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...
    Levi1 Levi1 13-15, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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

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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...
    faithmonyai faithmonyai 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 18

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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...
    rukesh3 rukesh3 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 11

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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...
    JJ125880 JJ125880 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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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...
    livingasme livingasme 46-50, F 4 Responses