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Dr. Lewis Smedes, 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.

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

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