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If we refuse to offer forgiveness we are forever tied to that person or situation. We are linked to it, we hold onto it and in some of us, we derive life from it.

When we forgive, we surrender the burden of hurts and resentment that so easily weigh us down and keep us from living a full and joyful life.

“Healthy Forgiveness” is not the simple, hasty “I’m sorry” that we were taught to say whenever our parents demanded that response. Real forgiveness is hard and contemplative work that we practice one day at a time, one experience at a time. It is a path to healing that begins and ends with compassion for ourselves and our feelings.

It frees you to walk out of that place of hurt and it also frees the one who has caused the hurt. 

Perhaps rather than “forgive and forget” our new adage should become “forgive and live.”

Ephesians 4:31-32
 ~ Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.