What does it mean to forgive? Why do we talk of “finding” forgiveness? And who really gains from forgiveness?
- What does forgiveness mean?
Merriam Webster has this simple definition of the word forgive: “to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone)”
And also this: “to give up resentment of”
- To me?
- How did I understand forgiveness before recovery?
- Forgiving meant condoning the other person’s actions?
- If I forgave someone, I had to like them, be ok with their company?
- They had to apologize first?
- If I forgave, I had to “forget”?
- What new understandings of forgiveness did I discover?
- One of the “gifts of Al-Anon” in From Survival to Recovery is this: “As we gain the ability to forgive our families, the world, and ourselves our choices will expand.”
- How do I understand this gift?
- How have I seen it happen in my life?
- How does forgiveness help me?
- What if someone did something truly unforgiveable?
- How can I forgive them or their action?
- Why would I want to?
- What story or stories can I share about
- Finding forgiveness
- Having difficulty finding forgiveness
- Forgiving without forgetting.
- What would I say to a newcomer about forgiveness “the Al-Anon way”?
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Music from the show
Christina Aguilera: Hurt
Matthew West: Forgiveness
Parker Ainsworth: The Forgiver