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I Believe In Forgiveness

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    to a certain degree. there's always

    extinuating circumstances but with the big oopses. once is a mistake twice is a habit. I can forgive but forgetting is another story
    sixtens sixtens 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 13

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    Everyone has transgressed against someone else

    at sometime; therefore, everyone is liable to retribution. But think of the madness that would ensue if everyone were to 'get even' with those who had wronged; it would be instant anomie. Forgiveness is not about being a push - over its about utilizing your rational capacity as...
    Philonous Philonous 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 12, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 17

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    I did something I thought I'd never ever do!

    ! 3 years ago I lost my brother in a car accident. He was killed by a drunk driver!! and when he died, a part of me died with him. I was so mad and hurt that the drunk lived and my brother paid the price for his actions. well last year I found out, that a person who was so...
    keke1432 keke1432 18-21, F Mar 2

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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, 2014

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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 6 Responses May 2, 2014

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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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    No matter how hurt I am,

    I still choose to love you. I forgive you.... Still remember? If you lose yourself, I will find you!!!! You are my clarity!
    maleficent08 maleficent08 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 24

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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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    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 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 3

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    I believe in the power of good

    and positive over evil and negative. I believe is striving to be a better person.
    Dotbar Dotbar 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 21, 2014

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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 ..
    deephuman deephuman 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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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 .
    heavenlyflower123 heavenlyflower123 36-40, F 2 Responses 14 hrs ago

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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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    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, 2014

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    What purpose does it serve to hold a grudge?

    To embrace all that negativity like a hoarded treasure? How is that a good thing? I watch my mother do that. I watch my husband do that. I listen to them rant about being the victim of a slight 30, 40, 50 years ago and use that to justify their unwillingness to connect now...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 5 Responses Mar 3

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    Why build up and hold on to all the anger you

    have towards someone else, in the long run it's only going to hurt you. Forgiving someone doesn't mean that you go back to being friends with someone again, it means that you have moved on and have learnt your lesson. Love makes the world go round.
    elenorr elenorr 18-21 6 Responses Mar 2

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    I recommend the movie "An unfinished life" -

    very well done about the importance of forgiveness.
    Soniador1963 Soniador1963 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 20, 2014

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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. Lewis B. Smedes
    Lostnalone22 Lostnalone22 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    Holding a grudge is like drinking poison

    and expecting someone else to die.
    SolitaryElf SolitaryElf 41-45, F 16 Responses Mar 17

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    Life is hard, I'm not going to lie

    and you will get hurt by the people around you especially from those you love but the important thing is to forgive. Show those people that your better than that. I always say that life is about taking chances and moving on in life. Everyone reading this is special in their own...
    RebeccaMontero RebeccaMontero 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 12, 2014

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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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    Someday, just for fun,

    forgive someone who you think doesn't deserve it. It doesn't have to be a big thing; the smaller the better, actually. Just say to yourself, or to whomever is listening, that you forgive them. Take a big, deep breath and then forget it. Completely. Just let it go. It might...
    AzabethTV AzabethTV 51-55, T 3 Responses Mar 17

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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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    Self forgiveness is important too :) No one is

    perfect and our mistakes can teach us how to become better. We are worth the kindness to ourselves that we provide others too
    longhorn12 longhorn12 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 9

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    I have never been one to forgive.

    Actually I hold a grudge like no other. I could stayed for years and years and never think twice about it. A few years ago I suffered if you will a life changing event at another's hands. I was told after my life would never be the same I was told to expect not being able to...
    Fullofsunshine Fullofsunshine 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 17

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    I realized life comes with problems!

    !! I know I'm only 15, and already I've been through a lot some kids my age never had to go through. I also realized people have it worse? There's always someone with a more difficult situation than you. But that still doesn't change the fact what happened to you! As a human...
    Jazmyn12699 Jazmyn12699 13-15, F 5 Responses Mar 1

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    I never hold on to a grudge.

    Forgive and move on. Just because I forgive someone doesn't mean I give them a second chance. It just means that I won't let anything bring my emotions down and I am content with whatever may happen.
    dev10251 dev10251 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 2

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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.
    RebeccaMontero RebeccaMontero 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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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'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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    I miss my kids so badly I can't

    even think about them without breaking down. So I just lock it up because it hurts to bad. My baby Tyler will be 3 this Tuesday and Travis is gonna 7 on the 26th. There growing up so fast I just hope all goes well and they will finally come home in march
    chelseaandjohny2 chelseaandjohny2 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    Younger women dating older men mainly

    because younger women are attracted older men. older men mature, confident, stable .Mature guys always know how to treat their women.These younger women are looking for their age gap love romance.For older men, Younger women older men relationships will surely make an older man...
    adeleccaa adeleccaa 26-30, F Dec 21, 2014

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    Yes I believe! But there's a

    but already, you can't change whatever happened but you can move on, and it never be the same as use to be.
    Oceandock19 Oceandock19 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 13, 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 3 Responses Oct 4, 2014

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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 8 Responses Mar 3

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    Bus journeys are always

    such a great way to elude oneself from everyday life. There’s something comforting about putting your faith in someone else to take you to your destination as it means you don’t need to worry about where you are in those moments before. This gives you time to reflect and...
    sinnersinseattle sinnersinseattle 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 18

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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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    We all do mistakes, sometime we mess up.

    Nobody is perfect, its better to forgive people for what they did. Its a great satisfaction. But if its happening again and again or intentionally, don't forgive :P
    mike15121 mike15121 22-25, M Jan 11

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    I'm a good enough person to forgive you

    <3 But I'm not stupid enough to trust you again
    RebeccaMontero RebeccaMontero 22-25, F 8 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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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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    I can't hold grudges no matter

    who you are. For in the end, not only are we just human, but it's something I would like in return. I can't say I won't forgive you, unless I expect the same. This doesn't mean you have the opportunity to run over me, after all, an eye for an eye is what I truly believe in...
    EyeDontGiveAHoot EyeDontGiveAHoot 36-40, F 10 Responses Mar 17

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    I know it is hard and it may sound

    counterintuitive, but I try to empathize with those that have hurt me, I try to dissect their motives, what could be going wrong in their lives that cause them to do hurtful things, I remember to practice it in everyday situations. The hard part is forgiving when the pain has...
    Tapatia3 Tapatia3 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 4

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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 love reading through my old journals.

    I was just reading a page I wrote when I was going through the rough patch.. To think it all started when I met you on sucha beautiful day under the sun, dancing at a festival where the band was playing... And then thinking about the day everything between us ended, and I was...
    26andgoing 26andgoing 26-30, F Dec 18, 2014

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