The Importance and Power of Forgiveness Over Anger (Video)

If this man has the emotional power and personal conviction to forgive his daughter’s killer maybe we can find the power to forgive our boss who screwed us over for a promotion or that guy that cut us off on I-95. Sometimes the harshest punishment is compassion.

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  • makario

    Thank you so much for posting this. 

  • Bill

    So you’re saying figure out best the way to punish someone?

  • http://twitter.com/ABetterGuy Be A Better Guy

    Wow. I just found your site. Wasn’t expecting anything heavy but this short clip has some very powerful ramifications on the true power of forgiveness. Whew…

  • Jacob P.

    Like my inscrutable grandfather used to say, “Empty barrels make the most noise.” There is also certainly alot to be said for “Killing them with kindness.” In relation to this video clip.

  • http://www.mensdesignershoe.com/donald-pliner-shoes/cid-958-1.html Steve

    Thank you for posting this, although I think the last part of your description is skewed and leads us down the wrong path. That man who so graciously and powerfully demonstrated love with those four words “you are forgiven sir” , obviously had zero intent to inflict punishment, but just the opposite, to release burden and show his enemy a love he probably knew nothing of prior to that moment. Mercy triumphs over judgment, and forgiveness covers over a multitude of sins.

    I believe he took his example from a similarly gracious man who about 2000 years ago on top of a hill demonstrated the same.