Is there someone in your life whom you have recently forgiven for their transgressions?
Maybe someone hurt you and you are now trying to figure out if you will be able to forgive them.
Chances are that all of you had to forgive someone at some point in your lives. I wish that we never trespassed against others and vice versa, but I do not think that kind of Idylla exists.
I hope that you are not someone who never forgives. You can remember all you want, but to forgive is to grant yourself peace and freedom. Yes, forgiveness is our gift to others when they ask for it in hopes to repair what they have broken, but it is so much more important to us and our well-being.
The offenses are of different magnitudes. It is easier to forgive someone for being late a few minutes than it is for not showing up at all. Those might seem trivial to you. We all have different thresholds when it comes to getting offended and needing an apology.
However, I noticed that there is another factor that drives my forgiveness, namely the nature of the relationship with the offender. It seems rather obvious once you think about it, but it was a curious realization for me. It turns out that I do not always use the same measuring stick, which I guess makes my decisions arbitrary.
It can sway both ways. Sometimes you have a hard time forgiving those closest to you because, well… they are close to you, while other times you forgive them much easier because, well… they are close to you. See the paradox?
Do you forgive easily?
Do you live by “forgive, but do not forget”?
How often do you ask for forgiveness?
What makes you decide whether you should forgive someone, or not?
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