Forgiveness And Redemption Are Instinctive

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget?

Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.

This appears on my “About” page, but suits todays prompt nicely.

What is read early influences one throughout life.  The first book that I read that deeply impressed me (8th grade) was To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch was a man born of principle. He did the right thing because to him it was the only thing to do. The book Billy Budd followed.  It left me thinking for weeks. The outcry of Billy Budd prior to his hanging impressed upon me the need to always be forgiving. “God bless you, Captain Vere!” was Billy Budd’s cry to the captain responsible for his execution just before hung. Of course, Melville likely barrowed it from Jesus’ execution, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

In my early twenties I became more interested in the Bible, not as literature or a collection of lessons taught by narratives, but as God’s inspired message to man.  It has been the Bible that gives redemption and forgiveness context, reason, and form for the Billy Budd-like declaration. We do it because God forgives. It is good and healthy for us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Life is an unending chain of events of wrongs to us and as we have likewise done to others. Forgiveness is the only thing that makes sense. It gives depth and background for the Finch-like character I read about. Animals don’t retaliate for harm done to them, because they forget. Humans remember. Forgiveness is what prevents retaliation. It seems it is a quality that is unique in creation to humans.

Redemption seems, in some ways, an underlying thread in my writing. If not outright expressed it is often the reflex that pushes the key that forms the word that makes the story.

The desire to make things right when we offend is universal as is the need to extend forgiveness. It comes natural. We can’t live without it or the hope it produces.

Forgiving Bloggers

  1. Repentance: Daily Post | Destino
  2. Forgiveness And Redemption Are Instinctive | The Jittery Goat
  3. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | M.W. Alvarez
  4. Father Forgive Them | Finale to an Entrance
  5. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | waldina
  6. She Let Go | Misifusa’s Blog
  7. Forgive and forget : Never Guilty | Now Have At It!
  8. daily prompt: forgive and forget | aimans…..
  9. Wronged . . . But, It’s All Right | meanderedwanderings
  10. Alice called me a … | Jolie Michele
  11. Where were You – the Power of Forgiving | A Teacher’s Blog from Land’s End
  12. Forgive, Forget, Repent? | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  13. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget | James’s Journal
  14. Forgiveness | Kate Murray
  15. When forgiving is the only option | A mom’s blog
  16. The Blank Wall | Flowers and Breezes
  17. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Melissa Holden
  18. S. Thomas Summers | The Wisdom of Trolls (Part IV)
  19. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget « Mama Bear Musings
  20. But I didn’t forget | Journey to Wholeness
  21. What to forgive exactly? | Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Reunion
  22. Forgive, Forget, Repent. | Hope* the happy hugger
  23. Forgive and forget never | crookedeyebrows
  24. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | kimmiecode 🙂
  25. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  26. See the Mirror | Dreams to Reality !
  27. Daily Prompt; Forgive and Forget? | sixty, single and surviving
  28. Daily Prompt: Forgive and forget? | divorced doodling
  29. Forgive and forget | Sue’s Trifles
  30. FORGIVE ME MARY | Ronnie’s Blog
  31. Daily Prompt: Still Trying to Forget | One Starving Activist
  32. Don’t be Trapped by Bitterness | A Change-N-Me
  33. Forgive… and forget? | The Birds Inside My Head…
  34. Forgiveness (and Peace) Begin With Me
  35. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Angry Fish Rants
  36. Forgive and Forget? | Geek Ergo Sum
  37. Forgive | Tye Dye and Tea
  38. Forgiveness | medicinalmeadows
  39. Forgive and Forget and Fuck Yourself Over and Over Again | An Upturned Soul
  40. Not Another Diary of a Mad Black Woman! | Cornelison
  41. We Know | johnny ojanpera
  42. Forgive And Forget ? | Shadows Of The Divine
  43. My Mother, My Self, My Son | A Buick in the Land of Lexus
  44. Fighting against hate | Life is great
  45. Forgive and Forget? | The Nameless One
  46. Don’t Get Your Undies In A Bunch. | Kansa Muse
  47. forgave, for me | peacefulblessedstar
  48. [POEM] Celebrate Life | Virginia the Viruliferous
  49. When Technology Cheats | Expressions
  50. *Daily Prompt: “Forgive and Forget” * …do you get a choice | Nerissa Moonshine


  1. Another fascinating topic, and one that makes a home in my writing as well. I enjoy how you weave these topics in your daily prompts. You are a clever writer.

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