Does Forgiveness Matter?

Have you heard someone say, “Oh, please forgive me” when something goes amiss between people?

I often wonder how often the appeal for forgiveness is real … and the same goes for the response. Of course, I have never heard anybody respond to an appeal for forgiveness with denial.

Is the back and forth about forgiveness just a mental game that people play with each other or do they actually seek and grant forgiveness for mis-steps?

How about this attitude: “Oh God, please forgive me of all my sins …… except, perhaps, my favorite one!?

The hardest kind of forgiveness to seek and to grant is when you are struggling with forgiving yourself for something. You can ask for forgiveness but are you able to accept it when it is granted and move on?

I think a lot of us need to work on forgiving ourselves for things ……. unless we are going to be like my friend, who is also named “John” who says, “Forgiveness? Forgiveness for what? I have never done anything to be forgiven for!”

Author: John American Citizen Opinion Blogger -- Inspired and Educated, smart but not all that gorgeous.

4 thoughts on “Does Forgiveness Matter?”

  1. Forgiveness, in my mind, requires learning, not a continuous cycle of harm, or sin, and being forgiven over and over for the same action. Like spousal or child abuse. You want to be forgiven? Learn to never do it again. Or is forgiveness, as you say, just a game. You repeat it, you should not be forgiven, even by yourself.
    How many times do Catholics confess the same sins over and over again, because they believe all they have to do to get back in god’s good books is to confess and do penance, which is just a few Hail Marys. A Hail Mary costs nothing, and requires no learning. You get desperate, throw a pass into the end zone. Some work, most do not! Forgiveness cannot be bought, It can only be earned. And you should have to earn it by learning not to repeat it.

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