How do you define forgiveness? Is there other meanings then just one?
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I believe there are two levels of forgiveness. First one, the "surface forgiveness", when you simply tell a person that you forgive him/her. This act itself may feel liberating, but at the same time it could only remain among those words that have been spoken without having any deeper effect. Another level of forgiveness, in my opinion, is way deeper and way more difficult to reach. It basically requires you to dive deep inside your inner world and find out about a part of yourself that was hurt by a person. It may or may not turn out to be a case of some hurtful personal belief about yourself being triggered by another person's behavior. When realization like this occurs, it might as well be clear that there's nobody to forgive - it was all just an internal issue that required your attention to be solved. This is what I'd call a true forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to to forgive.
Forgiveness isn't just about "I'm sorry", and "I forgive you." Actions speak louder than words, and forgiveness is one of the most important things to a person. Being forgiven for something is sometimes like a weight being lifted from your shoulders. A person can choose to forgive the deceiver or not. Forgiveness is the key to happiness - everyone makes mistakes, but by making these mistakes, you can learn from them, learn how to do something differently. Forgiving a person can sometimes be hard - though everyone makes mistakes and it's unhealthy to hold grudges against people, but sometimes it feels impossible to forgive. Never lose hope - forgiveness is in everyone.
There are many ways to define forgiveness, some emotional and some legal. So depends on the the specific situation the definition will change.
To me, forgiveness is being able to look past a certain event or situation and not be so angry about it anymore or at least not quite as negative. That doesn’t mean you have to like them or believe that whatever you’re forgiving them for was right, because chances are it wasn’t, but it’s more of a you don’t have to think about it every time you see them or base their entire character around that perception of them for you. i don’t know if this is the actual definition, but that is the way i tend to think about it.
Forgiveness is be honest and clear with your self and with other people and ask for sorry from all people who hurt them after that ask forgiveness to your god
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