What Is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness does not have to include trust.

Forgiveness does not have to include restoration of relationship.

Forgiveness does not have to include approval of certain behaviors or attitudes.

Forgiveness does not have to include forgetfulness or pretending that the past didn’t happen or that it doesn’t matter.

Forgiveness is seeing yourself in the other person.

Forgiveness is recognizing that you have faults too.

Forgiveness is as much for you as it is for the other person.

Forgiveness can even apply to whole groups of people.

Forgiveness is what Paul Young wrote in The Shack: “letting go of another person’s throat.”

Originally published on my personal blog LivingWithConfidence.net

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