The Forgiveness Principle

We need to forgive ourselves and others.

Sometimes simply repeating the decision to forgive ourselves helps us to absorb painful feelings.

When we forgive those who have offended us, it is also an act of self-love

Martin Padovani, in his book “Healing Wounded Relationships” says letting go means moving on with our lives and relationships. 

Padovani says:

“It is futile to refuse to forgive another in order to punish him.  In the long run we are only self-destructively punishing ourselves, because we are immobilizing ourselves emotionally and spiritually.  We need to forgive others first for our own sake in order to heal”.

And forgiveness doesn’t mean that reconciliation with others is always possible.

Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting.

Forgiveness can start here and now, but it may take a lifetime if ever to forget.

And for those who continually hurt us, remembering is protection from future offenses.

If the offender refuses our forgiveness, let them go.

We have done what we can and we can move on with life.

If this touches you, please feel free to forward it to friends and family. 

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