Here is an excellent post relevant to the discussion we have been having about Civil War monuments that honor the soldiers of the Confederacy. The post is about the importance of forgiving the wrongs done to us. We do it for our sake, not the offender.
Forgiveness – Webster: the act of forgiving. Oxford: The action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.
Synonyms include, but not limited to, absolution · exoneration · remission · dispensation · indulgence · clemency · mercy · reprieve · amnesty · shrift
Forgiving – Webster & Oxford: willing or able to forgive.
Forgive – Webster: to give up resentment of or claim to requital or to cease to feel resentment against an offender. Oxford: stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.
There is a conversation going on over on Citizen Tom’s page about forgiveness. One respondent, quoting Dr. M.L. King, says “only the injured party can grant forgiveness. And actual reconciliation only really comes when the injuring party recognizes the harm he has done, asks for forgiveness and the injured party wholeheartedly grants that forgiveness.”
Dr. King had a lot more to say about the…
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