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  Forgiveness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the feelings of the person who forgives, or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven.
Krishna said in the Gita that forgiveness is one of the characteristics of one born for a divine state.
Clementia was the goddess of forgiveness and mercy in Roman mythology.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Forgiveness   (4130 words)

 What Presbyterians Believe, March 1998: Forgiveness
Forgiveness means resisting a defensive response when we are hurt or paradoxically when we hurt others--a response that would mean cutting another off, or cutting ourselves off from community with others so that we would not be further hurt or be able to inflict hurt again.
Forgiveness is a commitment to face life with a posture that risks rather than protects, while also struggling with the fact that there are times when protection is the wise choice.
Forgiveness as remembering means that history is not forgotten, but the context of the whole of history-- including also all those moments when grace has abounded--is remembered by a covenant community that gathers at a table to cry with those who suffer, to make room for the enemy, to remember its hope.
www.pcusa.org /today/archive/believe/wpb9803.htm   (2054 words)

 Practicing Our Faith: The Practices: Forgiveness
Forgiveness involves us in a whole way of life that is shaped by an ever-deepening friendship with God and with other people.
Forgiveness does not merely refer backward to the absolution of guilt; it also looks forward to the restoration of community.
Part of the problem of wanting to practice forgiveness is that we are often less sure of what we love than of what we hate.
www.practicingourfaith.org /prct_forgiveness.html   (681 words)

 Forgiveness. . . What's it For?
Forgiving someone else is to agree within yourself to overlook the wrong they have committed against you and to move on with your life.
Forgiveness breaks the cycle of hatred, resentment, anger and pain that is often passed on to those around you.
Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All - Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD - This is a small book with a big message; if people are to heal themselves and learn to live with each other in love and harmony, forgiveness must become as important and regular as breathing.
www.celebratelove.com /forgive.htm   (3592 words)

 Welcome to the Relationship Institute
Forgiveness is a remarkable process that simultaneously engages the spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental and physical levels of being.
Forgiveness is often needed for behaviors that were not acceptable and that you should not allow to be repeated.
Visualize the person you are forgiving being blessed by your forgiveness and, as a result, being freed from continuing the behavior that hurt you.
www.relationship-institute.com /freearticles_detail.cfm?article_ID=446   (974 words)

 Forgiveness, Psychology, and Mental Health
Forgiveness, however, can be a problem for many people simply because they are not clear about what forgiveness really is. All too often forgiveness gets confused with reconciliation, a larger process of which forgiveness is but one part.
I am having trouble forgiving because my mother is denying that she abused all of us children and in fact some of my siblings are choosing to pretend it did not happen and sadly are repeating the emotional abuse with their own children.
And as such your willingness to forgive your mother does not depend on whether or not your mother ever acknowledges the harm she caused you.
www.guidetopsychology.com /forgive.htm   (3387 words)

 Can't We Just Forgive and Forget? #1
It's like forgiving a friend of the $10,000 he owes you, when it's actually in the friend's best interest to pay you in full because it would teach him how to be more responsible with money.
Using this meaning of forgiveness, the person asking to be forgiven must first demonstrate an awareness of how inconsiderate the act was and how much pain his or her spouse was made to suffer.
Forgiveness may still require a bit of generosity on your part, but if he makes these changes, I think you'll be able to handle it.
www.marriagebuilders.com /graphic/mbi5042_qa.html   (2034 words)

 LearnWell Forgiveness Center
Forgiving is a help for therapists, counselors, health professionals, community service workers, clergy, law enforcement and individuals interested in forgiveness.
Forgiveness can occur on the cognitive, emotional and spiritual levels and is beneficial to people on any level.
Forgiveness is different from reconciliation (two or more people rebuilding a broken relationship) and pardoning (one person releasing an offender from the punishment associated with an offense).
www.forgiver.net   (590 words)

 Center for Conflict Resolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
We see it in business associates who quarrel and refuse to compromise and forgive when, in most instances, if there were a willingness to sit down together and speak quietly one to another, the matter could be resolved to the blessing of all.
To extend forgiveness, that soothing balm, to those who have offended you is to heal.
Forgiveness means that problems of the past no longer dictate our destinies, and we can focus on the future with God’s love in our hearts.
ccr.byu.edu /library__quotes__forgiveness.htm   (1096 words)

 Experiencing Forgiveness - Bible Study - In Touch Ministries
In forgiveness, God lines us up against the truth of what Jesus did on the cross, and God vindicates us and declares us to be righteous and just because we are lined up with Jesus.
Forgiveness as "the act of setting someone free." Sin, by contrast, is "the state of being in bondage - in need of being set free." This state is described in Psalm 51 as the result of transgressions, iniquity, sin, and evil.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).
www.intouch.org /myintouch/exploring/studies/EFSG_92329.html   (3150 words)

 Forgiveness Quotes - The Quotations Page
Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another.
A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her...but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.
www.quotationspage.com /subjects/forgiveness   (389 words)

Aware of the forgiveness he himself had received from the Lord, and of the suffering Jesus had been willing to endure for him, Stephen understood the need for young Saul and the other Jews to be forgiven.
In ultimate analysis, forgiveness is a decision we take and implement, a covenant motivated by the love of God and the example of Jesus and accompanied by thoughts, words and actions that are consistent with such a decision.
Forgiveness does not have to depend on feelings, but it will change the way we see things and experience them emotionally as well.
churches.wcg.org /norwich-ct/forgiveness.htm   (2525 words)

 Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a non-profit, tax exempt educational foundation dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide.
The mission of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is to celebrate the healing power of forgiveness worldwide through the establishment of the first global holiday, International Forgiveness Day, to be celebrated annually by every country on the first Sunday of August, in or before the year 2010.
Portraying forgiveness as a process that requires the support of others as individuals move through any shock, grief, anger and fear that is related to the hurt they are forgiving; encouraging and assisting in that process; and being compassionate to those who are reluctant or refusing to forgive;
www.forgivenessday.org   (427 words)

 Acts 17:11 Bible Study: Forgiveness
The inability to really forgive is often due to a false concept that "forgetting is forgiving".
If we attempt to achieve a bogus forgiveness by deliberately putting "out of mind" the offense, we might be fooling ourselves and others that we have "forgiven".
Another impediment to forgiveness is that bitterness, revenge, hatred, etc. have a perverted sort of appeal.
www.acts17-11.com /forgive.html   (3379 words)

 Times & Seasons » Forgiveness
Forgiveness may require communication; yet all too often, the kinds of situations in which I find myself where forgiveness may be sought are precisely those where open communication is absent.
False forgiveness is a terrible thing that ruins lives, perpetuates suffering, and often creates new generations of perpetrators and victims through the secondary effects of transmitting not only false ideas, but also the poisons and toxins that are generated by unhealed emotional/spiritual wounds.
Forgiveness is the release of all claims against the offender, not a justification of the offense in the first place.
www.timesandseasons.org /?p=2957   (8170 words)

 The Forgiveness Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Forgiveness Project is a young charitable organisation – with no political or religious affiliations – working at a local, national and international level to promote conflict resolution and restorative practices as alternatives to the endless cycles of conflict, violence and crime that are the hallmarks of our time.
Through collecting and sharing personal stories, and delivering educational and self-help programmes, The Forgiveness Project aims to reframe the debate about how individuals and communities can learn to celebrate difference and overcome division, thereby fostering positive social change.
The Forgiveness Project is unaffiliated to any religion or religious entity, and owns the intellectual property rights for all images and text on this website, which should not be reproduced in any shape or form without express permission.
www.theforgivenessproject.com   (133 words)

 The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod - Forgiveness
We understand that by His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness of sins and eternal life for them.
It seems to me that it's a part of the liturgy in almost all worship services, it's taught in our schools, and modeled by our pastors in their teaching and prayers.
The sins that accumulate between the times that I ask for forgiveness would certainly separate me from God and send me to hell if I were to die with them unforgiven.
www.lcms.org /pages/internal.asp?NavID=2592   (988 words)

 Forgiveness Forum
This experience of forgiving, and the spiritual process which led up to it, have had a profound effect on my life.
As a way of testing this personal experience of forgiving, and learning more about the subject overall, I chose "interpersonal Christian forgiving and preaching" as the focus of my recent doctoral thesis.
This thesis was a case study which drew deeply from two sources: (1) current literature on Christian forgiving, and (2) the life experiences of people in the congregation I am serving--their struggles and successes with forgiving others.
www.vsg.cape.com /~dougshow/index.html   (287 words)

 What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred.
Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing.
But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.
www.miraclestudies.net /Forgiveness.html   (374 words)

 About Forgiveness
Gleaned from a large survey of readings, professional dialogue, and stories of forgiveness written by volunteers.
It is the foregoing of resentment or revenge when the wrongdoer's actions deserve it and giving the gifts of mercy, generosity and love when the wrongdoer does not deserve them.
Forgiveness is not a quid pro quo deal--it doesn't demand compensation first.
www.forgiveness-institute.org /html/about_forgiveness.htm   (173 words)

 Central MO PitBull Rescue
Forgiveness is such an inspiration for all of us.
Forgiveness is fostered in a home with kids, including a toddler.
Forgiveness is doing very well, she is a big ol cry baby in her kennel when it is not her turn to sleep with us.
www.mprgroup.net /dogs/forgiveness.html   (489 words)

Practicing authentic forgiveness may be the most neglected element in the process of life transformation.
Receiving God’s forgiveness, forgiving other people and asking other people to forgive us is the only way in which the stones—one by one—are removed from our backpacks.
People who do not practice forgiveness are forced to continue to live with the crippling burden of the weight of their backpacks—they cope with the problem rather than let God relieve them of it.
www.seeoursite.org /friends/forgiveness_ministries.htm   (368 words)

"Forgiveness is a motivation to reduce avoidance of and withdrawal from a person who has hurt us, as well as the anger, desire for revenge, and urge to retaliate against that person." Worthington, 1999
The offended may unconditionally forgive regardless to the offender’s current attitudes or behaviors.
Forgiveness is only experienced as real when forgive self.
www.newliferesourcesinc.com /forgiveness1.htm   (1149 words)

 FAQ's - Forgiveness
One outstanding example of forgiveness occurred when Corrie Ten Boom met a former Nazi Officer who had abused her and her sister during imprisonment, assisting in the death of other prisoners.
Washington who, during a graduation ceremony for inmates completing a Prison Fellowship program, swept to the stage to wrap her arms around a graduating inmate, declaring "this young man is my adopted son." Everyone had tears in their eyes for they knew that this young man was behind bars for the murder of Mrs.
God's love and grace is the power behind forgiveness, granting us supernatural power to forgive others, the power to overcome resentment, the power to redeem relationships and show God's love to a hurting world.
www.hoyweb.com /faq/forgive2.htm   (1088 words)

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act.
Forgive my many failues in the face of temptation, and those times when I have been stubborn in the face of correction.
www.monergism.com /thethreshold/articles/topic/foregiveness.html   (839 words)

 Forgiveness Can Be Good for Your Health
Religion has long held that forgiveness is an important component of a fruitful life.
Today there exist an International Forgiveness Institute and a ten-million-dollar "Campaign for Forgiveness Research" (Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu are among the ringleaders).
University of Wisconsin psychologist Robert Enright and his colleagues discovered that "forgiveness education" may have helped college students who felt their parental love reservoirs were low to develop "improved psychological health." Self-esteem and hope increased while anxiety decreased.
www.leaderu.com /orgs/probe/docs/forgive.html   (630 words)

 Amazon.com: Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All: Books: M.D., Gerald G. Jampolsky,Neale Donald Walsch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Forgiveness Is a Choice: A Step-By-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope (Apa Lifetools) by Robert D. Enright
Forgiveness: How to Make Peace With Your Past and Get on With Your Life by Dr.
People who say victims MUST forgive may be laying an additional burden on a person who is struggling to heal by forcing them to feel something they can't, making them responsible for their abuser's rehabilitation (remember that so many victims are told to be quiet to protect their abusers), and marginalizing their suffering.
www.amazon.com /Forgiveness-M-D-Gerald-G-Jampolsky/dp/1582700206   (1750 words)

 The Forgiveness of Sins
He gave his power to the apostles, and it was a power that could be passed on to their successors and agents, since the apostles wouldn’t always be on earth either, but people would still be sinning.
If the disciples believed that Christ instituted the power to sacramentally forgive sins in his stead, we would expect the apostles’ successors—the bishops—and Christians of later years to act as though such power was legitimately and habitually exercised.
First, the apostles could not know what sins to forgive and what not to forgive unless they were first told the sins by the sinner.
www.catholic.com /library/Forgiveness_of_Sins.asp   (2059 words)

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