Who Is Forgiveness For?

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We know from Scripture that we ought to forgive, but we don’t always consider the impacts of doing so. In scientific studies on forgiveness, it’s not uncommon to hear that the benefits come to the one doing the forgiving. Is that the whole picture? Is forgiveness a sort of self-serving act? This article from Psychology Today argues that forgiveness “involves a paradox: As you reach out to another (or others) who hurt you, it is you who so often experiences benefits.”

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