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Receiving Forgiveness by Henri Nouwen

There are two sides to forgiveness: giving and receiving. Although at first sight giving seems to be harder, it often appears that we are not able to offer forgiveness to others because we have not been able fully to receive it. Only as people who have accepted forgiveness can we find the inner freedom to give it. Why is receiving forgiveness so difficult? It is very hard to say, “Without your forgiveness I am still bound to what happened between us. Only you can set me free.” That requires not only a confession that we have hurt somebody but also the humility to acknowledge our dependency on others. Only when we can receive forgiveness can we give it.

emphasis mine

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When We Refuse To Forgive

To think, we hold this power.  We can bind others and thereby play God.  Let us forgive as freely as God has forgiven us.  We have no right to judge, only the awesome task of forgiving.

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