Isn’t forgiveness poisonous? I say this because it hurts the forgivers. Those who forgive are now yielding to the unjust person’s demands, and it hurts them because of the toxic connection that currently exists.

As you forgive people, you don’t have to reconcile if they mistreat you. As an exercise of free will, forgiveness is not harmful because you are not necessarily entering back into an unhealthy relationship. In other words, you can forgive from a distance. Even if you don’t end up reconciling, forgiveness can release you from bitterness.

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