How Forgiveness Changes a Person

“Forgiveness is often prescribed as a remedy for healing from a traumatic experience. It is a very effective tool in bringing closure. Instead of remaining a victim, the offended person can regain control over a trauma by choosing a forgiving response. In many ways this destroys the offender’s influence over the life of another and reinforces the empowerment of the offended. However, too often forgiveness becomes a task on the counseling to-do list instead of a change of heart. This minimizes the full impact and reduces it to a behavioral, instead of an attitudinal experience. Martin Luther King Jr. said it well when he stated, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” So how can a person receive the maximum benefit? Here are some suggestions. Understand the reason for forgiveness. Forgiveness is not for the offender, it is for the victim. When individuals decide to forgive an act, they are releasing themselves from the controlling power of the offensive event”

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Forgiveness is often prescribed as a remedy for healing from a traumatic experience. It is a very effective tool in bringing closure. Instead of remaining a victim, the offended person can regain control over a trauma by choosing a forgiving response. In many ways this destroys the offender’s influence over the life of another and reinforces the empowerment of the offended. However, too often forgiveness becomes a task on the counseling to-do list instead of a change of heart. This minimizes the full impact and reduces it to a behavioral, instead of an attitudinal experience. Martin Luther King Jr. said it well when he stated, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” So how can a person receive the maximum benefit? Here are some suggestions. Understand the reason for forgiveness. Forgiveness is not for the offender, it is for the victim. When individuals decide to forgive…

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