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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. Forgiveness is different from condoning (failing to see the action as wrong and in need of forgiveness), excusing (not holding the offender as responsible for the action), forgetting (removing awareness of the offense from consciousness), pardoning (granted for an acknowledged offense by a representative of society, such as a judge), and reconciliation (restoration of a relationship).

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This is an artistic rendering by Greg Olsen. It is a great picture of Christ's forgiveness.

Contributed by Christine Ruff

Forgiveness is important in order for growth. To forgive is to accept someone's mistake (or in some cases your own) and be able to move past it. Moving along, doesn't come easy when bitterness is present. Once the past has been let go and forgiven one is able to continually move on with life and strive for happiness.

Contributed by Keyarah Ingram

Interesting thoughts on apologies and forgiveness in day-to-day life.

Contributed by Sarah Jane Shuler

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