Content Updated On : 2022-01-24

I've learned powerful lessons about the nature of forgiveness from human rights defenders. For example, for the greater good of his country, Kofi Woods emerged from a torture chamber in Liberia to later defend the very men who had brutalized him.

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Forgiveness is a gift, and central to faith.

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I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget.

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Yes, one can repent of moral transgression. The miracle of forgiveness is real, and true repentance is accepted of the Lord.

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We cannot embrace God's forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.

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It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

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The people who did you wrong or who didn't quite know how to show up, you forgive them. And forgiving them allows you to forgive yourself too.

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The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses much more than avoiding, overcoming, and being cleansed from sin and the bad influences in our lives; it also essentially entails doing good, being good, and becoming better. Repenting of our sins and seeking forgiveness are spiritually necessary, and we must always do so.

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There is freedom in forgiveness, and it's not that hard to do once you get into the habit.

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The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future.

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No poem in the world could do my mom justice. Despite circumstance and adversity, she had an unwavering love for her kids and a faith-based, boundless capacity for forgiveness.

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One of the things that Dostoevsky talks about is that no character is too high to fall and no character is too low to be redeemed. 'Crime and Punishment' began with a person going out and consciously becoming a cold-blooded murderer, and it took 800 pages and an epilogue before the person finally asked for forgiveness.

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We are not forgiven because we are good. We are forgiven because Christ bore our sins.

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There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.

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No person is perfect. I haven't, thank God, had any infidelity issues. But you can't say what you won't ever do. And you can't say that you won't have forgiveness in your heart if there were to be an issue like that.

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Reconciliation and forgiveness can actually help all of us move on in a healthier, happier way.

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I think faith gives us a structure around which to try to organize our lives. I'm also a big believer, and very thankful that there's forgiveness.

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One important theme is the extent to which one can ever correct an error, especially outside any frame of religious forgiveness. All of us have done something we regret - how we manage to remove that from our conscience, or whether that's even possible, interested me.

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Forgiveness provides hope, joy, and a bright future that nothing else can.

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Our lack of forgiveness makes us hate, and our lack of compassion makes us hard-hearted. Pride in our hearts makes us resentful and keeps our memory in a constant whirlwind of passion and self-pity.

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