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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Being fallible and making mistakes is inherent to being a human, and forgiving such mistakes is a transcendent act. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
See also: err, forgive, human

forgive and forget

To forgive someone and (attempt to) forget that the wrong they committed ever happened. I really do want to move on, but I just can't forgive and forget that you tried to steal my boyfriend!
See also: and, forget, forgive

(one) will be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country will be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You'll be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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(one) might be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country might be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You might be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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(one) would be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country would be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You would be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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(one) could be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable why one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this ultra-conservative country could be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You could be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes in over five years.
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Forgive and forget.

Prov. You should not only forgive people for hurting you, you should also forget that they ever hurt you. When my sister lost my favorite book, I was angry at her for weeks, but my mother finally convinced me to forgive and forget. Jane: Are you going to invite Sam to your party? Sue: No way. Last year he laughed at my new skirt. Jane: Come on, Sue, forgive and forget.
See also: and, forget, forgive

forgive someone for something

to pardon someone for something. Please forgive me for being late. He never forgave himself for harming her.
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forgive and forget

Both pardon and hold no resentment concerning a past event. For example, After Meg and Mary decided to forgive and forget their differences, they became good friends . This phrase dates from the 1300s and was a proverb by the mid-1500s. For a synonym, see let bygones be bygones.
See also: and, forget, forgive

to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
See also: divine, err, forgive

forˌgive and forˈget

decide to forget an argument, an insult, etc: Come on, it’s time to forgive and forget.Many of his victims find it impossible to forgive and forget.
See also: and, forget, forgive

he, she, etc. could/might be forgiven for doing something

used to say that it is easy to understand why somebody does or thinks something, although they are wrong: Looking at the crowds out shopping, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone has plenty of money to spend.
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Arising from this heartfelt sorrow is an awareness that we need and want to be forgiven.
Confessing our weakness to each other through the ministry of a priest, and to God, we acknowledge that God has already forgiven us, not through power but through the human suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
We carry our cross each day, and each day we are forgiven if we forgive.
Certainly, the man who would rather not be slandered, should not slander and defame their neighbour; no man wants to be offended, humiliated, insulted, judged harshly without being forgiven by his or her neighbour, and it is for this reason that they, in their turn, should persevere in not throwing the venom of wrongdoings at other people, but instead to forgive trespasses, weaknesses and injustices committed by one's neighbour.
Lord, help us to forgive others as You have so many times forgiven us.
In the same way, when one makes a mistake, one will want that to be overlooked and forgiven by the people around them.
A new study shows that the details of a transgression are more susceptible to forgetting when that transgression has been forgiven.
Spiritually, I know my faith tells me my father deserves to be forgiven as God forgives us all.
I WAS completely overwhelmed this week reading about Elber Twomey, who has forgiven the suicide driver who wiped out her entire family.
This can be telling another parson or yourself that you truly have forgiven the one who wronged you.
So, it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don't consider that anything does because I didn't hurt anyone," Gibson explained.
But that boon comes at a cost: IRS regulations count forgiven debt as income.
LET IT GO: FORGIVE SO YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN explores "the art of forgiveness" and considers the basics of what it means to forgive and be forgiven.
Obviously it is easy to say everything can be forgiven, but you never know how you will react when you find yourself in that very situation, where you have to decide whether or not you can forgive someone.
How tempting to ignore or to discount the exhortation of a Jesus ben Sira who called his wronged contemporaries to forgive injustices and pray so that their own sins might be forgiven.