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Should We Forgive Racism?

Should We Forgive Racism?

We recently published a paper that explored forgiveness in the context of race-related offenses. I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I’m a big believer in the power of forgiveness, even in the context of very serious offenses. Forgiving tends to improve...
Have a Short Memory

Have a Short Memory

I was visiting with some friends a few weeks ago who have small children. As we were finishing eating lunch one day, the kids were running around the house and playing. Everything was going swimmingly, until one of the children pushed the other one, who face-planted...
Hold on to Forgiveness

Hold on to Forgiveness

This post is Part 8 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In Part 8, I want to talk to you about holding on to forgiveness. Here is a common scenario: You have worked through the steps and have made...
Commit to Forgiveness

Commit to Forgiveness

This post is Part 7 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In Part 7, I want to talk to you about committing to forgiveness. We are getting near the end of this blog series, and if you have been working through...
Give an Altruistic Gift of Forgiveness

Give an Altruistic Gift of Forgiveness

This post is Part 6 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.)   In Part 6, I want to talk to you about giving an altruistic gift of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift. It isn’t necessarily something the person who...
The Importance of Empathy

The Importance of Empathy

This post is Part 5 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.)   In Part 5, I want to talk to you about empathizing with the person who hurt you. Usually when we get hurt, we tend to see things from our perspective...
Recall the Hurt in a Neutral Way

Recall the Hurt in a Neutral Way

This post is Part 4 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.)   In Part 4, I want to talk to you about recalling the hurt in a neutral way. Dr. Everett Worthington came up with a model to help people forgive. People...
Making a Decision to Forgive

Making a Decision to Forgive

This post is Part 3 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.)   In Part 3, I want to talk to you about the difference between making a decision to forgive and experiencing emotional forgiveness. Sometimes I talk to...
5 Reasons to Forgive

5 Reasons to Forgive

This post is Part 2 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In Part 2, I want to talk to you about 5 reasons to forgive. Forgiveness is an important aspect of Christian spirituality. If a Christian faith isn’t an...
What is Forgiveness?

What is Forgiveness?

This post is Part 1 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. Forgiveness is difficult. Although getting hurt happens in almost every relationship, it isn’t any fun. When people hurt us, we experience a range of negative emotions, such as anger, sadness, or fear. We...
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