I have stopped using the word forgiveness, not because it is a bad concept, but because it has been so misused by so many for so long. Somewhere along the way it has become a way for the powerful to mistreat the innocent. A father or mother hurts a child, and asks for forgiveness. A priest hurts a child, and the Church asks for forgiveness. A man or woman abuses their spouse, and asks for forgiveness. It is now used as a way to inflict emotions of guilt upon the innocent. The word forgiveness should never be used to inflict guilt. The word forgiveness should never be used as to manipulate or control. It should be used to provide freedom, or not at all.
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