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I Believe In The Power Of Forgiveness

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    When we hold on to resentments it festers and in turn others get hurt in the crossfire whether it's intentional or not. It closes the doors to growing as people, spiritually and emotionally. To truly forgive, one must step outside of themselves and see things as a whole and not...
    RhombusInTheSquare RhombusInTheSquare 36-40, F 53 Responses Nov 18, 2012

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    Forgive And Be Forgiven - It's Our Nature

    Don't we all live through the need of forgiveness almost daily. We all do something wrong somewhere, everyday! I do! How could we move on if we don't forgive ourselves...for every little mistake? And the Lord that created us, is even more forgiving than ourselves! Don't...
    nourradiance nourradiance 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 7, 2011

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    We must develop and maintain the capacity to

    forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
    gnehs28 gnehs28 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    Forgiving Is Difficult

    I was inspired to write this after reading a post in this group. Forgiveness really is the answer but it is no easy task for most and well I believe that is so because we start out by trying to forgive the wrong person. Ya all know what I'm talking about, we focus on forgiving...
    humblerider humblerider 56-60, M 8 Responses May 3, 2012

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    When you truly forgive; you free yourself from

    the bondage of bitterness. This is one of life's great lesson. Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Forgive the person who did you wrong. Forgive but do not forget so that you don't do it again.
    Toliveandlearn Toliveandlearn 31-35, M 2 Responses Feb 25, 2014

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    bluegilledgirl bluegilledgirl 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    My friend and I were seeing each other

    since February. I had deep feelings for him. I think I was almost in love with him. We continued to date and I slept with him in March. He used to tell me all kinds of things like: I was beautiful. He adores me.. He made me feel wonderful. But then I noticed that he took...
    Fierrrrce Fierrrrce 18-21, F Jun 24, 2014

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    God Does Too!

    Ain't that mighty! I find great comfort in knowing that I'm being forgiven.
    AlbertSAT AlbertSAT 66-70, M 1 Response Dec 2, 2012

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    I truly do believe this,

    that forgiving someone frees you from whatever power they or their actions have over you. Past hurts need to be let go. So that you can move on and flourish. Its something I have always stressed with my friends, emphasizing how empowering it can be. But be darned if in all my...
    Chrye Chrye 51-55, F 10 Responses Feb 17

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    Modern Day Transfiguration - Must Read -

    What you are about to read is fact. There are no embellishments, no deceit, and no misinformation. My name and age are irrelevant at this point in time, but my presence must be made public. What you are about to read is a revelation on life, a testament to truth, and an...
    LifeEmotion LifeEmotion 26-30 1 Response May 3, 2012

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    The Forgiveness Notebook

    It began with a dream, a dream so vivid I woke up near tears. I had a falling out, shall we say, with my family nine years ago, have not spoken with parents or siblings or extended family since. What happened was so shocking as to be almost unbelievable in its hurtfulness...
    Quintesse Quintesse 51-55, F 7 Responses Jun 7, 2011

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    A Peaceful Soul

    I have allways been a peace maker from a small child and still today.It breaks my heart to see some one up set for something I said, I need to allways ask them to forgive me right a way.I may not understand why, but my compassion is so strong wheather I am at fault or not I want...
    trails trails 56-60, F 2 Responses May 3, 2012

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    Let Yourself Be Forgiven And Change , Then You Will Not Want To Judge Others..

    I FOUND THIS ONLINE AND IT EXPLAINS THE MEDITATION I HAVE BEEN USING FOR SEVERAL YEARS , I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT ON HERE ..  :-) THE MEDITATION-OBSERVATION EXERCISE by Lawrence Wilson, MD © September 2012, The Center for Development Click here to listen to the older version...
    whoisjohngalt2 whoisjohngalt2 51-55, M Dec 1, 2012

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    Moving Mountains

    I Forgive You. I happen to believe that forgiveness is an art. While I am aware that many, many people see forgiveness as indicative of weakness, I think I can make a pretty decent argument for the complete opposite interpretation. It begins right at the moment when we first...
    Quintesse Quintesse 51-55, F 8 Responses May 2, 2012

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    Forgiving You...

    To forgive someone, you must care about them. When we care about people and we hurt them our first instinct is to apologize. It is a test to see if you care in return. If you stick your nose in the air and walk away obviously they didn't care. If they look at you and forgive you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 7, 2011

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    To Forgive Is To Free Yourself

    I have held on to my fair share of anger....even feelings of hatred. I'll be honest and say that they have taken their toll on me. The funny thing is that we often hold on to these negative feelings in an attempt to hurt those who hurt us. The reality is that clinging to our...
    LG76 LG76 36-40, F 5 Responses Jan 30, 2012

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    If you have sex with the one your Inlove family

    member would the one your Inlove forgive you ? .. Ever?
    Revelyn Revelyn 18-21, F Jan 6, 2014

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    Forgiveness is a weird concept.

    People attempt to manipulate others by playing the "forgiveness" card. Especially if they think you are a Christian. The typical approach is, "I m sorry for what I did to you. But, since you are a good Christian you are a good Christian you have to "forgive and forget...
    fr33bird fr33bird 51-55, M Apr 1

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    Related Experiences

    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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    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...
    StevieF8 StevieF8 41-45, M May 20

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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...
    rowenbumble rowenbumble 56-60, F 1 Response May 15

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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 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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    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...
    fg2704 fg2704 46-50, M 3 Responses May 10

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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 16-17, F 6 Responses May 10

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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...
    lonewolf2323 lonewolf2323 18-21, M 1 Response May 19

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    I pray everyday for the strength to forgive and be forgiven.
    Nual Nual 22-25, F 4 Responses May 20

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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 a week ago

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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...
    paliglass paliglass 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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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...
    samipee samipee 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    The Inadequacy of "Instant Christianity" A.W. Tozer It is hardly a matter of wonder that the country that gave the world instant tea and instant coffee should be the one to...
    churinga churinga 70+, M 2 Responses Apr 30

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    Thank you father, I am here to ask for your forgiveness. I have been a bad fellower of your greatness. I have broken a few of your wishes, I have used and drank I have even been...
    Keith490 Keith490 46-50, M 6 days ago

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    My father had a PhD in Physics. He worked for NASA for 32 years, designing and developing, among other things, power subsystems for the International Space Station (ISS) and the...
    UnfulfilledYetWise UnfulfilledYetWise 56-60, M 3 Responses May 19

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    Even though I really am suffering, no one would ever believe me. People spite me instead of even trying to believe me. If you looked at my photo, you could never guess that I...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 8 hrs ago

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    I've come to understand that "seeking forgiveness" involves showing some real guts, not towards anyone out there, but towards oneself. It is going through a process of deep...
    Injoy1767 Injoy1767 46-50, F 5 Responses Apr 28

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    For believers, prayer is an essential part of our personal relationship with the Lord. I like to think of prayer as being the act of speaking with God. The key words are personal...
    HeavensHome HeavensHome 46-50, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Today is national day of prayer! It is so important to pray to our Heavenly Father everyday! But on this day where the Christians of this nation band together and pray for our...
    Imnothomeyet Imnothomeyet 26-30, F 3 Responses May 7

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    To me there is nothing as beautiful, nothing as glorious, nothing as meaningful and perfect as a love-filled life. Nomatter what type of love it is,the effects are totally awesome...
    yellowrose27 yellowrose27 31-35, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I have two topics to discuss. I will go towards the one I am more led to speak about. I know there is a lot of opposition regard religions and spirituality. I made the decision to...
    iLightBeing iLightBeing 26-30, F May 7

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    Why I Left Mormonism. Why I left Mormonism Documentation on my reasons for leaving Mormonism is listed at the beginning of my story. These links are here so that it is...
    Cootamundra Cootamundra 70+, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Knowing you can live without someone but not wanting to is the ultimate dilemma. Do you stay still due to a sense of safety, real or imagined? Do you leave, closing the door to a...
    lavendersea lavendersea 41-45, F 13 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    It's so fascinating so many people say they believe in the power of prayer.. but do nothing to test out that power :D haha It's like wearing a colored wrist band for a cause. You...
    NobodyFrvr NobodyFrvr 22-25, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    The Cross Busters!! "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man...
    churinga churinga 70+, M May 11

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