If I forgive over and over, might the one forgiven start taking advantage of me? Might it be better to take a longer time to forgive so the other has to wait for it and realize they hurt you?

Aristotle reminds us that no moral virtue should ever be practiced in isolation from the other virtues.  If this is true, then it is true of forgiveness as well because it is moral virtue.  The key moral virtue that should accompany forgiveness is justice so that we are not exploited.  Thus, we need not wait to forgive lest the other take advantage of us.  We can forgive now and ask for justice now.  When we forgive, our request for justice might be kinder than if we were burning with resentment.

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