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great!!!!! lonestar!!! bravo!
This idea of forgiveness is beautiful. It is one of the ways I personally define forgiveness and one of the things I have difficulty doing.
I am still working on a few of these things as well. That God for His grace.
So, what is forgiveness? What would Jesus do?
Forgiveness is a place in your heart where there is no malice. Forgiveness is love for your fellow man. As Jesus said, Love one another.
I think being mindful that we need to forgive is one step closer to being like Christ even though we may not fully be able to forgive others (like Christ forgave those that crucified him). It's just one of those human struggles we all must endure.
Beautiful answer, @JThomp42.
Thank you lone.
Wow. Awesome answer. That's what I figure "turning the other cheek" is -- responsibility.
I am not saying to turn the other cheek....as a matter of fact I am not suggesting TO DO anything, but to be mindful of (if u choose) who you decide to take the initiative to forgive. Especially when then they are not worthy of being forgiven.
Seeking help is good, but turning the other cheek would apply to everyone -- murderers, rapists, swindlers and more. Especially when they seem bent on doing it again and again. Forgiveness is letting go being a victim.
Yes, victims want to forgive and try to forget to get on with their lives. But the nightmares they wake up from or the abnormality that is rooted in their personalities afterwards do not allow many to do either. Forgiveness is indeed divine.
Nightmares and damage to the psyche can be tough, if we let them. But all we need do is "ask" (not with fear or uncertainty, but with unshakable confidence) that the burdens be lifted from you. There is no scarcity with God
Here's a wish that your deep convictions be reality for all those out there who suffer malice.