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The Art of Forgiveness

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Darryl James

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"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."
--The Lord’s Prayer

We've all heard that passage before--Christian, Muslim, Jew and Atheist alike—as there are many variations on the same theme. But how many of us have actually internalized the meaning of the words?

Perhaps some dear friend has committed a crime of distrust. Or, perhaps a family member has committed a crime of deceit, theft, or mistrust. And, for those of us who love, a lover may have committed a crime of infidelity.

Instead of forgiving the person and allowing them to have a second chance, many of us choose to move on and take a new chance with a stranger who may repeat the offense or commit a new one. An old saying goes: "The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know."

A friend has a moment of weakness and betrays your trust or cheats you. But the moment of weakness may dictate that the friend really needs you, and seeing him or her through that moment may make your friendship stronger and that person whole.

A close family member cheats you or steals money from you. In the end, you weren’t put out badly and the loved one absolutely needed the money. 

In all of these cases, absolution may be in order.

But do we even know how to forgive? Do we know what forgiveness is?

Join Darryl James on Sunday at 4p Pacific Time, as he discusses Forgiveness with special guest Carla L. Garrett, author of "Bouncing Back After Dropping The Ball--18 Life Lessons on the Journey To Forgiveness," a mixture of a novel and a “how-to” book, specifically, a book on how to forgive. 

Discuss Forgiveness with Host Darryl James and Co-Hosts, Tracy Powell, Marcus Legall III, Dr. John Hamilton & DJ Gates.