"Forgiveness means not to mistake human unconsciousness for who that human being is.
The opposite of forgiveness is to make that mistake.
That is the true meaning of forgiveness.
It's all contained in the image of the cross and Jesus.
It contains so much wisdom.
And it's all contained in the last words of Jesus, which were: "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."
He did not make an identity for those people out of what they did to Him.
"They know not what they do", means in modern terminology: "They are unconscious."
So, if He had lived now, He probably would have said: "They are completely unconscious.
That's ok. They don't know." "
As far as I'm concerned, that is the best definition;/explanation of forgiveness I've come across.
It brought to mind an acquaintance who hurt me recently. I've definitely been nursing a grudge towards this person. And furthermore, said person insists that he did nothing. Which infuriates my ego.
But in the light of this beautiful explanation of forgiveness, I found peace.
Your thought and reflections?