05 August 2007

Forgive or Forgiven

that is the question... I would love to hear your thoughts.

Which is more difficult...

To ask for forgiveness from someone you've wronged?

- or -

To forgive someone that has hurt/wronged you?


Earl Thornton said...

Great question.
To get a wide variety of replies, you'd have to allow anonymous postings.
But we know how Mr and Miss ANON can't control themselves.
Anyway, to your question...
from my observation, it must be more difficult "To ask for forgiveness from someone you've wronged."
Frankly, I am certainly not perfect on either of these, but I have no problem extending forgiveness to someone. Who am I to withhold forgiveness?
Just today I met with someone and they asked me to forgive them.
I did and then I asked them to forgive me if I had hurt them in any way.

It is important to willingly extend forgiveness, but to TRUST again.... that has to be earned.

So many confuse FORGIVENESS and TRUST.

Maybe we (I) need to blog about pride... now there is a topic.

Steve-o said...

I enjoy doing both.

When you forgive someone, it's because they are admiting they are wrong, which is pretty cool since probably that means they are admiting you were right.

I would have to say that asking forgiveness is harder because there's no guarantee they will truely forgive you. That's scarry for me. If I'm putting myself out there to admit that I was wrong, and I desire forgiveness, how could anyone be so heartless to deny that when I am genuinely heartbroken enough to seek forgiveness? The scarry part is that there are people like that out there.

I guess if I had to make a final decision, I think I would choose you Picachu. Wait...what was the question?

Glenda said...

I think it is a super tough question. But, if I had to pick, I think forgiving is harder than asking for forgiveness. When someone comes to you asking for forgiveness...that's easy. It's the forgiving when they don't ask or don't even care that's tougher. And, to expand on that, I don't think it's so much the act of forgiving that's tough, but ridding your thoughts and emotions of the hurt inflicted by that person. A heart-felt, eye-ball to eye-ball discussion goes a long way.

Bill said...

Interesting post. I would like to hear your thoughts.

jet said...

this is my vote:
To forgive someone that has hurt/wronged you.