Forgiveness, Mercy, and Forgetfulness

Good words, here. Something we all have trouble with, and need to correct. Thank you Ricky, for reminding us.

The Crabtrees

It’s  been a while, eh?

Forgiveness has been on my mind lately.  I’ve asked for forgiveness from more individuals than I’d like to admit, and usually received it.  However if I wrong someone, by either intentional or unintentional circumstances, the thought always crosses my mind if they’ve completely forgiven me or if some residual malcontent still exists toward me.  Forgiveness can’t be obtained without forgetfulness.  Obviously it’s unrealistic to think the memory of any wrongdoing can simply be extracted from the brain with no recollection at all.  Memories remain.  It’s what we choose to do with those memories that defines our character.  “Forgive and forget” means showing mercy.  If I know one of my closest friends couldn’t show mercy toward me, it would affect our relationship.  But…  the friends who love me enough to push aside any animosity after forgiveness are the closest relationships I have.  Admittedly, this is something…

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