When we say forgive and forget, do you suppose it means to forget literary?

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  1. donnaisabella profile image71
    donnaisabellaposted 12 years ago

    When we say forgive and forget, do you suppose it means to forget literary?

  2. Virtual Treasures profile image60
    Virtual Treasuresposted 12 years ago

    I do not.  If we have to discuss what we are going to do with something, I don't think we ever forget.  I think it is more of a euphemism for putting something aside and/or letting go.  You may never forget, which will help you react to similar future situations, but it doesn't have to eat away at you, either.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image78
    Uninvited Writerposted 12 years ago

    I assume you mean literally? I think most people can forgive but definitely not forget.

  4. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image82
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 12 years ago

    That's a really, really good question. I certainly don't have the ability to forget certain things happened. I wonder if, as virtual treasures suggests, the way to apply it is to forget (or let go) of the pain and move forward. Forget that it happened? I'm not sure who could do that.

  5. donnaisabella profile image71
    donnaisabellaposted 12 years ago

    Thanks Uninvited for the correction; it should have read literally.

  6. aguasilver profile image69
    aguasilverposted 12 years ago

    I think it's less that we forget, more that we choose not to remember.

    Most harm done us is carried out in ignorance, i.e. the perpetrator either does not realise the damage caused or is too thick to understand or care.

    Those people need our understanding, we may not like it, but we are required to forgive if we expect to be forgiven.

    Once you accept that people can be morons and cause you grief, it becomes possible to choose not to remember their actions.

    So no we are not equipped to forget things totally, there will always be something that may trigger the memory, but allowing that memory to cause bitterness will only harm us.

  7. SpanStar profile image59
    SpanStarposted 12 years ago

    It is not an easy thing to do for us humans-not remembering or forgetting is what God is asking of us. God himself says I will remember your sins no more.

               http://jameslau88.com/i_will_remember_t … _more.html


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