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Friday, April 9, 2010

Forgiving a friend

It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.

We expect a foe to hurt or offend us. They have history of doing that, and we would

be surprised if they didn't.

We forgive them simply to keep our own sanity; we don't want to be dragged down by bitterness.

If a trusted friend or loved one hurts us, it ...is much harder to forgive.

We keep returning to the disappointment and the breach of trust.

We expected them to be kind and understanding, to think of our needs - and they didn't.

It is important that we forgive our dear ones, so we can begin the work of rebuilding trust.

It's not easy to forgive when I've been hurt by someone I love, but the relationship is important to me.

I will practice forgiveness and be open to restoring trust.