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Forgiveness - The Eleventh Good Word in the "Good Words Project" (Poem)



© by Shyron Shenko 4/11/2014

Forgiveness is never cut and dried

Only you will know if you even tried

Raw grief, hurt and anger from others you may hide

Give your gift of forgiveness and forget about your pride

If being unforgiving eats you up inside

Vain thoughts, that you will not need forgiveness

Even if forgiveness you have never sought

Never realizing how much pain you wrought

Eventually when you ask forgiveness

Surreal is the way your heart will feel

So.. With Forgiveness your heart with love can then be filled


How much easier it is to go forward not having to hoist or drag those huge grudges along with us, letting them spoil the future as they tainted the past, just by their presence. It is always better to travel light . . .

— Au fait

© 2014 Shyron E Shenko


C E Clark from North Texas on July 16, 2020:

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Forgiveness of people who have harmed one is good for the soul. Jesus calls on us to love our enemies or those we perceive to be. He forgave the people who crucified Him even as He was hanging on the cross. Not suggesting it's easy to do it, because it can be very hard depending on what the injury was, but if one can forgive, it saves hauling the burden of carrying grudges around everywhere. Forgiveness frees one up to move forward and with a lighter load, or ideally, no load at all, and with a lighter heart. Really nice to go forward without the baggage if possible. God will help anyone who is having a hard time forgiving if only they will ask Him.

Watched the video you sent. Thanks.

Posting this to AH & FB.

Hope you are doing your best to be cautious and stay safe as this virus gets more and more prevalent everywhere. Blessings, dear friend . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on December 01, 2018:

The Bible makes clear that holding a grudge and failing to forgive means not receiving forgiveness either. To receive forgiveness one must first give it. People who can't forgive are doomed . . . I really think it is more of a stubborn refusal to forgive than an inability. What advantage is there to holding onto grievances? Forgiving others does far more for the forgiver than for the forgiven.

Blessings and hugs to you also. Stay warm . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 23, 2016:

Au fait, some people do not have the capacity to forgive. thank you for the comment and for sharing this.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 12, 2016:

Al, thank you so much for the comment.

Blessings my friend

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on February 11, 2016:

Beautiful hub and poem Shyron. Keep up the great work

C E Clark from North Texas on February 10, 2016:

Sharing this excellent poem again too, for the same reasons I gave regarding mercy. Mercy and forgiveness are so important to everyone whether they realize it or not. Practicing it, not just receiving it.

Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 09, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for coming back and sharing this. Yes, you are right.

We are staying as warm as possible. You take care also.

Blessings and Hugs

C E Clark from North Texas on January 05, 2016:

Funny how those people who need the most forgiveness seem to have the least forgiveness for other people.


Hope you're staying warm and well. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 20, 2015:

Devika, thank you for the comment. Yes forgiveness is wonder part of every one's life, without it we would not be here.

Blessings and hug dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 20, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comments and for sharing. We all need forgiveness.

It was good to talk to you too, glad you have plans for Thanksgiving. Have fun baking pies.

Blessings and Hugs and give yourself a hug from me.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 20, 2015:

A great thought here. Forgiveness is such a wonderful part of one's life.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 19, 2015:

This is such an important concept. Mercy and forgiveness go together and this is what Jesus stands for. I truly believe the same standard we hold other people to is the one we will be held to.

Sharing of course . . .

Glad we were able to talk today and that you are feeling better today. Hope you and John both stay well and warm. Blessings . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 24, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comments, sharing and thumbs up and the blessings and hugs. And a special thank you for your quote.

Blessings and Hugs to you also my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 22, 2015:

An excellent poem on such an important issue. If we can't forgive we will receive no forgiveness ourselves. And if we can't let go of those trespasses against us we must carry their burden with us like a millstone everywhere we go. Grudges are not lightweights.

How much easier it is to go forward not having to hoist or drag those huge grudges along with us, letting them spoil the future as they tainted the past, just by their presence. It is always better to travel light . . .

Sharing this again and voting it up.

What great weather we've had the last couple of days! It could be this way year around and it would suit me just fine. If it weren't so muddy it would probably be perfect for all you have to do outdoors too.

Blessings and hugs, dear friend. Hope all is well with you both.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 12, 2014:

Maria, you are such a treasure.

I agree, forgiveness does not always heal relationships.

Thank you for the kind words, and the love, joy and peace you send.

I love you also!


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 11, 2014:

"Forgiveness does not always lead to a healed relationship"...

This is the crux of the matter, as well as forgiveness of self, you dear woman and you have captured it all so beautifully in this poem - straight from your beautiful heart.

I continue to catch up with Jo's series - finding you by her side, ever faithful...Love you, sending hugs and peace, Maria

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 18, 2014:

Thank you Dear Paula, for you kind comments, compliments, pinning and tweeting this. I am so glad you enjoyed this poem.

Blessings to you dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 18, 2014:

Jaye, you are such a treasured friend, thank you for your kind comment, up votes and for sharing. I know you are right about the benefits of forgiving, for both people.

Blessings and hugs to you.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 18, 2014:

DealForALiving, thank you for your comment.

I have opened my heart and asked for forgiveness, and I will continue to ask, because I am such an imperfect creature, that I will forever need forgiveness.

God Bless you. . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 18, 2014:

Au fait, thank you my dear friend for the posting, pinning, sharing and commenting. I would be nowhere without you!

May God grant you forgiveness if you need it, and peace and love whether you need it or not.

God Bless you. . .

Suzie from Carson City on September 16, 2014:

Shyron.....So much of your heart & soul in these words.....simply beautiful. This presents an entire world of deep contemplation. Your enormous talent has turned itself inside out for this wonderful hub....Peace, Paula

Pinned & Tweeted

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on September 16, 2014:

I enjoyed reading this lovely from-your-heart poem again, Shyron. We cannot be reminded too often that forgiveness helps two people: the forgiver and the forgiven.

Voted Up++++ and shared


Nick Deal from Earth on September 16, 2014:

Sometimes you just need to open your heart and ask for forgiveness. There's nothing more to it..

C E Clark from North Texas on September 15, 2014:

I think forgiveness and mercy are the most important things everyone needs to remember and give generously of them. If one cannot pass on the forgiveness God has given them, in the end they will not receive forgiveness either. Everyone needs forgiveness and mercy sometimes. No one is so perfect they will never need it.

God uses a person's own standards of judgement to judge that person who holds those requirements, so it is wise to make absolutely certain one can meet their own standards before requiring those standards of other people lest one fail to receive forgiveness and mercy themselves.

Voted up, BAUI, posted on FB, and shared on HP.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 29, 2014:

Thank you Jaye, I really appreciate you. You are precious and you are right on in everything you have written on here and thank you for the up vote.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on June 29, 2014:

This poem is awesome, Shyron, and calls attention to the need for humans to learn how to foregive. Holding grudges leads to festering of the emotions, and that often leads the one with the grudge to become a bitter person. Unforgiveness harms the person who harbors it in his or her heart, rather than whomever is the object of all that anger.

As your hub makes clear, forgiving someone for ill treatment of you or someone else you hold dear does not require that you forget the bad behavior (regardless of that little ditty, 'forgive and forget'), although it's best if you can put it behind you and move on, consciously not lingering on the bad feelings until it becomes easier not to think of them. It may not be possible to allow the transgressor back into your life after forgiveness, for often those who hurt us do not change, but would hurt again if given the chance. Self-protection is necessary, but it does not lessen the positive effect on the person who truly forgives.

I personally know this to be fact from my own life. It was a lesson learned that proved very beneficial. Life is too short to bottle up resentment against others. Let it go!

Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Beautiful,


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 25, 2014:

Thank you Jo, for such a beautiful compliment and for the comment, sharing and up votes.

Love, hugs and blessings & Shalom

Jo_Goldsmith11 on April 21, 2014:

This is once again a beautiful poem. I really appreciate you so much and you are doing just awe inspiring work here with the poems you are creating. Shared and Up into the heavens. Thank you..(((((( Shyron))))))


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 16, 2014:

Marie (truthfornow), I really appreciate you. Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub.



Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on April 16, 2014:

Jo, (tobusiness), thank you so much for the compliment and comment. Yes forgiveness is tough, but asking for forgiveness, I think is tougher.

I really appreciate you.



Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on April 15, 2014: