You’ve heard the phrase a thousand times, spoken by a thousand well-meaning people: “Forgive and forget! Forget and Forgive!” It’s said so often and so carelessly that most people don’t even really think about what it actually means. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s a lot more complicated than most well-wishers realize, and we believe forgiving and forgetting isn’t the best thing to do at all.
The pain that comes with unforgiveness is different from physical pain. Emotional injury runs much deeper and requires our active attention to repair the damage and move on. So what can happen if you do not forgive? Read more
Ask twenty people who forgiveness is for, and most will say forgiveness is for the offender, something you do for someone who has wronged you. That’s the conventional wisdom anyway. Read more
Criminal justice usually focuses on lawbreakers and punishment. Criminal behavior is seen as an offense against society or an arbitrary set of abstract legal principles. So, if someone steals an apple from a fruit stand, from the perspective of the justice system, they violate the law against stealing. The impact on the victim can easily get lost. Read more
Telling stories is a great way to convey a lesson or a thought—without having to speak directly. This week on Stories of Forgiveness we’re going to share with you a wonderful story of forgiveness that has been passed down through many years. Read more
What are your beliefs about forgiveness? Last week, we talked about the four myths of forgiveness I address in the Will To Forgive program. This week, I want to share with you additional thoughts I have around some of the most common stumbling blocks you might encounter on your Journey to Forgiveness. Read more