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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Because humans are fallible, they deserve forgiveness. 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 by also forgetting 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

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.
See also: forgive

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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That form lets you know that the IRS knows exactly how much was forgiven and how much your taxable income increased as a result.
Just as God never measures mercies or limits forgiveness and just as Jesus held nothing back but gave himself fully and freely for sinners, so are the forgiven to extend mercy and forgiveness to others.
Alison Connell, 39, from Stockton who works for a catering company: "Yes, I have forgiven them.
gov), forgiven debt is taxable because it's counted as income.
For example, if reconciliation is part of this understanding, someone who has forgiven but not reconciled may respond "no.
I have forgiven him and Michael's family have forgiven him.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray, "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" (Matthew 6:12).
The taxpayer contended that the $175,000 was a loan forgiven incrementally on the due date of each annual installment; the Tax Court agreed.
In the New Testament, we find Jesus declaring, "Whosoever shall speak against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him.
Thus, Worthington and Berry see forgiveness in its weak form as intrapersonal; in their view, one has forgiven another once the offended party no longer holds negative feelings toward the transgressor and is motivated to seek reconciliation with the transgressor.
The news is good: We are forgiven by Christ when we seek forgiveness.
In being honest and "crucifying" my pride, I had a great sense of becoming a forgiven sinner.
The family of a former soldier who died following a car crash have not forgiven the teenager driving the car, as suggested in last night's Echo.
According to Friedman, Frye's standard comic resolution, marriage, "represents, not the triumph of youthful romantic love over the elder generation, but the victory of society over the unruly sexual impulses of the Forgiven Comic Hero" (153).
Lastly, the authors examine the factors contributing to the requirement that transgressors performs acts of contrition and speculate that participants who feel forgiven by God may be more likely to forgive unconditionally.