What Forgiveness Does Not Mean

Sibling Rivalry

What forgiveness does not mean…

Condoning the offense
Pretending that the offense never happened
Allowing others to take advantage of you

How to forgive someone…

Remember what forgiveness involves. You are not condoning the wrong or acting as if it never happened – you are simply letting go.

Recognize the benefits of forgiving. Letting go of anger and resentment can help you to keep calm, improve your health, and increase your happiness.

Be empathetic. All of us are imperfect. Just as we appreciate being forgiven, we should likewise forgive the mistakes of others.

Be reasonable. When we have a minor cause for complaint, we can chalk it up to life lesson and go on.

Act quickly. Work to forgive as soon as you can rather than letting your anger fester.


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