What is forgiveness?


I was considering the subject of forgiveness, because I found myself asking for this from a friend recently.  In my search, I found this piece, written by the staff at the Mayo Clinic:

  • Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you may always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you.
  • Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.

I find this so  beautiful.  Forgiving others, whether friends or not, can bring us peace, help us move forward and even let us become more compassionate, all without giving up our values and beliefs.

What do you think?  Do you find it easy to forgive others? Can you ask for it?  Can you accept forgiveness?


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