What Does It Mean to Forgive Another?

The Gift of ForgivenessWhat Does It Mean to Forgive Another?

In his book Caring Enough To Forgive / Caring Enough To Not Forgive, David Augsburger suggests that forgiveness is a “journey of many steps” taken carefully and thoughtfully, the steps including:

1. To see the other as having worth again, regardless of wrongdoing;

2. To see the other as equally precious again, in spite of the pain felt;

3. To cancel demands on the past, recognizing that changing the unchangeable is impossible;

4. To work through the anger and pain felt by both in reciprocal trusting and risking until genuineness in intention is perceived and repentance is seen by both to be authentic;

5. To drop the demands for an ironclad guarantee of future behavior;

6. To touch each other deeply, to feel moved by warmth, love, compassion, to celebrate it in mutual recognition that right relationships have been achieved.

Morgan, R. J. (2000). Nelson’s complete book of stories, illustrations, and quotes (electronic ed.) (313–314). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers

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