Starting the Journey of Forgiveness with Courage

It takes steadfast courage to finally decide, “I will forgive.”

So often we know in our mind, through reason, that forgiveness is the right path. Yet, we are hesitant to begin the journey. What if it proves to be too painful? What if I get lost along the way and do not know how to forgive? What if it comes out all wrong?

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We at the International Forgiveness Institute, Inc. are here to support you as you begin the life-giving journey of forgiveness.


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  1. Nadine says:

    So true. It is easier to try to accommodate to those who are unjust. Yet, standing up and forgiving and asking for justice just may help the one who is acting wrongly.

  2. Nathaniel says:

    Courage was considered by Socrates to be one the four most important moral virtues because without it the others will not develop well.

  3. josh says:

    On this Memorial Day in America, I am reminded of the necessity of courage to face evil. Courage in forgiveness helps a person overcome the evil.

  4. Samantha says:

    Courage helps all of the moral virtues work better. By itself, courage can put the self in danger, especially if wisdom is lacking.


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