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Forgiveness is to release, to let go, relinquish, get rid of sin—ours and those we’ve been victimized by. Dr. Lewis Smedes, one of my professors at Fuller wrote about what forgiveness is not.


· When you forgive a person, this does not mean you are immediately healed.

· When you forgive a person, this does not mean you are going to be buddy/buddy.

· When we forgive a person, this does not mean we surrender the right to restitution or justice when appropriate.

· When we forgive a person, this does not mean that we trust them, yet.

· When we forgive a person, we are not avoiding pain, we are opening the door to healing.

· When we forgive, we take the journey at the pace we are able to handle...the deeper the hurt, the longer the journey.

Smedes, Lewis B. The Art of Forgiveness. (Random House, Inc. New York, 1996), pg. 177-178

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