Do you remember the last time you felt sorry for something you’d done? Something that made another person sad, maybe something you didn’t realize would end in hurt feelings? Do remember how great it felt when the person you apologized to said, “I forgive you!?”
Forgiveness is letting go of anger and hurt feelings so you can make room for happier times. Forgiveness is all about second chances!
Is it okay to feel angry or gloomy when somebody hurts your feelings? Of course it is! You don’t have to ignore your feelings or pretend that nothing happened. Forgiveness is not about telling someone else it’s okay to upset you or letting a person continue to make you feel sad.
But when you’ve had a chance to understand that you’ve been hurt in some way, you may feel that you’re ready to move on.
All of us say we’re sorry from time to time, and we know how nice it is when another person forgives us so we can start fresh and make things even better the next time around! We can do the same for others by saying, “I forgive you.” Sometimes these words are followed by a big hug and an even better day than we could’ve imagined!