How Much Do You Know About Forgiveness?

Many moons ago, Don Henley sang about how the heart of the matter is forgiveness. He’s not wrong, but just how much do you know about it?

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Forgiveness True or False Quiz

How much to you know about what forgiveness is and isn’t? Take this quiz!

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Forgiveness is about letting people off the hook.

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Forgiving and forgetting are the same thing.

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Not forgiving someone is bad for your health.

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Forgiveness is something you can learn

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Forgiving bad behavior is the same thing as condoning that behavior.

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Forgiving someone means remaining in relationship with them.

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The scientific study of forgiveness dates back to 1989

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There is no species in the animal kingdom that has failed to show outward signs of forgiveness and reconciliation. 


How’d you do? If you didn’t get them all right, take some time to consider what you believe about forgiveness. Your health and well-being depend on it.

Like so many things that Jesus tells us to do, it’s not for his own good, it’s for ours. The ability to forgive is crucial to having not only a happy life, but a healthy heart.

You may be finding it harder and harder to muster up forgiveness for some folks these days, but don’t give up trying–not for their sake, but for yours. Not only are we more like Christ when we let go of grudges and forgive others, we’re likely buying ourselves a little more time in the here and now before we meet him in the hereafter.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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