Wednesday, November 30, 2005

more on forgiveness

After last week's post asking what you thought about forgiveness, Ally and then Cheryl have written some amazing things, so please go and have a read.

I am especially captivated by Cheryl's point that 'Forgiveness is giving up the concept of revenge'.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just happened upon this on the BBC website - seems so relevant to this discussion. It's about Anthony Walker's murder, and how his family has chosen to forgive the killers. In theory I would want to forgive, but if this was my child, I am not so sure I would be able.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4471440.stm

November 30, 2005 10:17 pm  
Blogger Foulla said...

for me to forgive is to be able to forget, or at least to live with whatever caused u're pain ,in peace..too hard ..
even when i forgive, i still feel anger and pain whenever i remember what 'd happened..
hope 'm making sense

December 01, 2005 1:22 am  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Thanks for the link Rachel!

Foulla - I so agree with you. You might forgive a lion for biting off your leg, but that doesnt mean you stop bleeding, nor that you'd take your other leg within a mile of a lion. Forgiveness and distress are not mutually exclusive. At least, I don't think so. Off to read your blog.

December 01, 2005 10:53 am  
Blogger Sam said...

Forgiveness isn't about excusing something someone has done, or ignoring it; it's more to do with accepting it as something that happened and learning to cope with it.

Forgiveness is for yourself - it's to help you go on and to live your life in this new reality that you've been forced into.

December 02, 2005 4:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Sam! Revenge solves nothing, much as we may be tempted to avenge those who harm us.

December 05, 2005 1:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Sam! Revenge solves nothing, much as we may be tempted to avenge those who harm us.

Signed: LM

December 05, 2005 1:18 pm  

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