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How do I forgive someone who is hard to forgive?

Matthew 6:14-15

14 For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. 15 But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.

Colossians 3:13-14

13 Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. 14 But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:

Ephesians 4:31-32

31 Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be ye kind one to another; merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.

Catholic view (generated):

Pray for the grace to offer forgiveness from a place of compassion rather than obligation. Recognize that forgiveness does not mean excusing the harm done, but rather choosing to let go of resentment. Seek guidance and support from a spiritual adviser or therapist to navigate the difficult process of forgiving.

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