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Forgiveness Does Not Change The Past, But It Does Enlarge The Future

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“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6: 14-15) This is a verse that I have grown up with and been taught all throughout my years of attending Catholic school. One of the major life lessons taught in Catholic school was to forgive one another and follow Jesus’ word. This verse is an example of the key to forgiveness; if you don’t forgive you won’t be forgiven. What is forgiveness? Forgiveness to me is getting over a mistake from the past and coming to terms with that individual. Is forgiveness a process? I think forgiveness can be a very long ...view middle of the document...

This enables us to really think about it and see the other side of the action also. The second step of forgiveness is remembering a time that you were asking for forgiveness. Look back on this time and recognize when you were forgiven and how you felt. The third step is seeking the person and explaining why you want forgiveness. During this step you want to be sincere, express how you truly feel and do your best to let the other person accept your forgiveness. The last step after you have received forgiveness is remembering why you asked for forgiveness and what courage it took for you to get that far. You want to remember the good memories and forget that bad. Forgetting the bad enables you to move past your problems and makes you have a better relationship with that person.
Although forgiveness may seem like an easy process, it isn’t always as easy as it might seem. Forgiving can be an extremely hard and long process. For example, the parents of my friend who was killed by a drunk driver had such a hard time forgiving her killer. It was a something they didn’t want to accept and thought it was just a dream. They gained the courage over time to forgive her killer and come to terms with her loss. Through many court...

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