lip service forgiveness

lip service: an avowal of advocacy, adherence, or allegiance expressed in words but not backed by deeds…   -Websters    

Forgiveness means more than taking back a wayward spouse—it means not holding their offenses against them and choosing to relinquish your ability to trade hurt for hurt and on and on and on .  The reality is that you can divorce and forgive and you can stay married and not forgive—don’t let lip service fool you.  And don’t forget, you may have done them wrong too.  Staying married isn’t the sign of weakness our culture makes it out to be anyways.  It takes a strong person to get over such despicable behavior. 

Forgiveness means more than telling your friend who crosses you that you forgive them—it means resisting the temptation to remind them about the hurt they gave you over and over again.

Forgiveness means more than not murdering your child when they rebel against your rules—it means hugging them when they least deserve it and whispering you love them, and meaning it.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.  -Lewis B. Smedes

I find it easy to extend lip service forgiveness, but so tough when it comes to actually forgiving the one who has violated me.

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