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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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A significant challenge is to provide effective forgiveness education so that, by the end of high school, the youth are theologically, philosophically, and psychologically sophisticated forgivers.
1981a) writes that if no apology from the offender is forthcoming, forgivers should conciliate an offender by apologizing and considering themselves responsible for the trial.
Third, if forgiveness were conditional on another's prior response such as repentance, then the potential forgiver is trapped in unforgiveness until the other behaves in certain ways.
When one forgives, the forgiver, without denying her right to resentment, gives up her right to resentment and offers kindness, compassion, and even love toward the offender who does not necessarily deserve such gifts (Enright, 2001).
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But "The Kid with a Bike" takes another turn when it turns out that the forgiver has moral limitations when faced with an unexpected crisis.
The traits characterizing boys include hot-headed, courageous, strong, quick, mischievous, joyful, chatterer, good, forgiver, serious, sad, quiet, and dreamer.
If you believe in God, you'll know that he's a forgiver and finding peace within yourself is what matters.
Even though I think everything can be forgiven, that doesn't mean that the relationship between the forgiver and the forgiven will go back to the way it was.
Those implicated with State Security need to turn their prayers to God, for he is our supreme judge and forgiver," commented Nikolay.
As an act, forgiveness raises the forgiver above the forgiven; it empowers the one even as it disempowers the other.
Konstan argues that the concept of forgiveness--understood as a bilateral process involving confession, repentance, and a change of heart on the part of the offender and a change on the part of the forgiver whereby she forgoes vengeance "on the basis precisely of the change in the offender" (21)--is a relatively new idea.
Because he became a teacher, a healer, a forgiver, who is known even more for his death on a cross than for his birth, his birth tells us God coming in weakness did not stop when he got older.
Forgiveness cannot occur if the forgiver does not know what it is and how to do it.
For example, Jean Amery stakes out his position as a militant Holocaust survivor and disturber of the peace by contrasting himself with Levi whom he erroneously labeled "a forgiver.