What Does It Mean to Forgive Others?

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But why is it sometimes so hard to forgive others? If you were ever betrayed by a friend, for a time you may have felt powerless to stop the pain. Since no one likes to feel powerless, unforgiveness provides an illusion of power. By refusing to forgive, you feel a sense of power, and by holding on to hatred, you feel infused with strength. And when you retaliate with revenge, you carry out a power play. But this is not how Christ wants us to live. He wants us to forgive.

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June Hunt on Forgiveness – “The Freedom of Forgiveness”

Many people see nothing wrong with harboring bitterness, resentment, and hatred. Because of unjust treatment, the concept of forgiveness seems so unfair. Like me, they feel absolutely justified. In fact, we feel we are carrying the cause for justice—carrying the cause for right—only to discover we are wrong...

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