Why Forgiving Others is the Most Noble Thing You Can Do

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The highest form of forgiveness is to realize that the other committed a mistake out of ignorance, and have a sense of compassion for them.

When someone hurts us, we want to retaliate and hurt them back. But it’s hard not to hold grudges, especially when you feel like you’ve been wronged or harmed by another person over and over again. However, holding onto grudges can do significant damage to your health, relationships, and quality of life. If you don’t forgive others, you will forever be stuck in the cycle of violence and hurt that seems to repeat itself over and over again in this world. Here are some reasons why forgiving others is the most noble thing you can do.

When you choose forgiveness, you release yourself from anger
Forgiveness has been shown to reduce stress and improve health. When you choose forgiveness, you release yourself from anger and resentment, which can take a heavy toll on your mental and physical health. Your relationships will also benefit: studies show that people who forgive are more likely to have stronger friendships, marriages, and other close relationships.

When you choose forgiveness, you release yourself from suffering
When you forgive others, you release yourself from suffering. You let go of any anger, resentment, or bitterness that has been holding you back from your true potential. It doesn’t mean you have to forget what happened or that justice should be overlooked – it just means that you can stop letting it affect your thoughts and feelings. When we hold on to negative feelings about someone who’s hurt us in some way, we’re telling ourselves a story about how unfair life is and how badly we’ve been wronged.

When you choose forgiveness, you open yourself to love
It is so easy to get lost in anger, resentment, and bitterness. The problem with these emotions is that they are selfish. They cause us to take focus off of ourselves and put it on what has happened to us. When we choose forgiveness, we open ourselves up to love. We allow ourselves to let go of the pain and move on with our lives. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it in the end.

Remember that people often lack information
The highest form of forgiveness is to realize that the other committed a mistake out of ignorance, and have a sense of compassion for them. It’s human nature to lash out when we feel wronged or hurt, but it’s also human nature to make mistakes and be ignorant. Compassion can bring people together rather than push them apart. After all, if we view someone as an enemy because they made a mistake, we are not forgiving them at all; in fact, we are punishing them by condemning their actions.

And when they do act out of anger or ignorance it doesn’t mean they don’t love you
When we love someone, even if they act out of anger or ignorance, it doesn’t mean that they don’t love us. It means that there are aspects of ourselves and our experience that we haven’t yet understood. We all make mistakes in life, and sometimes those mistakes can be hurtful to others. The highest form of forgiveness is to realize that the other committed a mistake out of ignorance, and have a sense of compassion for them.

Dr. Sajeev Dev
Dr. Sajeev Dev
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