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How Do You Forgive

How do you forgive someone else?

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 ---Jessica on 12/19/05
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Remember what Christ did for you. Died for you even though your a sinner. Also, you will be accountable for you actions before God. Did you take take that same forgiveness God gave you to forgive others who hurt You?
---Paul on 7/21/07

What does true forgiveness mean? Does it mean you seek no revenge?..and trust them as before? Do I need to put the insodent out of mind everytime I think of it....and pray for the offender and myself...what DOES forgiveness really mean?
---EEC on 12/26/05

We must forgive or we will not be forgiven..So God forgives us, we forgive those that have sinned against us. Talk to God and He will give you Peace.
---Lynn_Bedford77 on 12/26/05

Emcee, a priest can only forgive sins that were committed against him personally. In the Lord's Prayer we are told to forgive those 'who trespass against us'. We are not told to forgive those who trespass against someone else. The someone else has to do that. Sometimes we need to go straight to God and ask Him to forgive us when we have sinned but sometimes we need to go directly to the person that we have sinned against AS WELL but NO other third party (priests included) can forgive instead.
---M.P. on 12/21/05

Jessica: Always remember this- forgiveness is not approving of what was done to you. It is not declaring that they were right, nor is it something you're doing FOR that person that hurt you. Usually, they could care less if you forgive them or not. Letting go of bitterness is the best gift you can give YOURSELF, because YOU are the only one who can cut yourself free of the weight of unforgiveness. It will drain the very life right out of you- I speak from experience, and I understand.
---Molly on 12/20/05

When I have trouble with this, something that has never failed me, is to pray and ask God what I should do FOR that person. Sometimes He'll tell me to give them a compliment, other times it's a card, a gift, or a favor. Sometimes I do it anonymously, other times it's openly. I believe God is our example, in that while we were sinners HE GAVE His Son. There's just something about giving. It causes unforgiveness and bitterness to melt away.
---DoryLory on 12/20/05

When I notice that I feel anger and unforgiveness toward someone, I pray something like this: Father in Jesus name I ask you to forgive me for my bitterness or unforgiveness against that person. Help me to forgive that person and love him, as you for Jesus sake have forgiven me.
---Ulrika on 12/20/05

If man has no power to forgive sins as you say then why did Jesus speak about it in John20:19-23 so a priest by virtue of his office is empowered to absolve a penitants sins & not as a man just as jesus was god & man.When God speaks man listens.
---Emcee on 12/20/05

If you mean forgive sins (as a Catholic priest claims to do), you cannot.

If you mean forgive a wrong against yourself; Someone once said: "Forgivness is a gift you give yourself."

99.9% of the time, the person offended is the one that continues to suffer.
---Bruce5656 on 12/20/05

Long after the offender is off the scene and blisfully unaware of the bitterness held agaist them, the offended suffers from that worm of unforgivness. They are the one loosing sleep and who are consumed by the offense. To for give is to free your self from that prison.
---Bruce5656 on 12/20/05

You can pray about it, you can tell them verbally, you can write it down in a letter, etc. It may help to view some synonyms for the word "forgive," they are: pardon, excuse, release, loose, let it go, think nothing of it, overlook, it's no problem, understand, remission or removal, relinquish, absolve, restore, reunite, etc.
---Eloy on 12/20/05

To not forgive is a choice, you decide not to forgive someone what they have done to you. Sometimes it may not be a concise choice, may have even forgotten about it, but if it is revealed to you, how do you react to the revelation?
There is nothing we cannot forgive, not if we are believers. I was sexually abused as a 7-10 year old, physically abused in school by the nuns and teachers, and I did not recover till I sat down and forgave them.
---mike6553 on 12/20/05

It is hard to forgive someone. Take the situation to God and talk to him about it. Go to that person and ask for forgiveness (with a willing heart) because of you having a grudge against them, then ask God to forgive you.
---Rebecca_D on 12/19/05

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