Originally posted by twhitehead
Forgiveness by whom and to whom?
From one person to another- or to a group of people.
I know that in Christianity, forgiveness by God is a big thing, but I am not aware of much teaching regarding forgiving others. Jesus' message is about love of which forgiveness is be a part but I cannot recall any verses where he specifically talks of forgiveness. Can you suggest some?
? You must have heard the Lords prayer??
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Matthew 6:14-15 New International Version
Yes, I personally do forgive people, but not always and not for just anything. Do you?
I do forgive, yes. For me forgiving is about understanding the reasons behind what happened and acepting what accured and then letting it go.
The reason I was asking was becasue I've been talking with someone about the idea of depression being caused by a person not having dealt with an incident in their past. The idea (which I'm not sure if I agree with or not, still thinking) is that when an incident happens in someones life they either hold on to it, by not dealing with it ie not forgiveness. Or they look at what happened, understand and forgive. The consequences of the first is that when another stressful situation happens, perhaps a few years later, the person can not deal with it, none of their coping mecanisimis work and they become depressed. Also the idea that a part of them stays the age they were when the incident happened. it's an intersting idea, and got me thinking what about people who simply don't acept the idea that forgivness is neccessary.