Generic Definition

“to cease to feel resentment against an offender”

Biblical Definition

“completly exusing all who injure me or offend me, holding nothing against them, returning unto them the love and understanding of my Lord”

Bible Verse

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Ephesians 4:32

Notable Quotes

Mahatma Gandhi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

Stormie Omartian

“Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free.”

C. S. Lewis

“We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.”


  • Character Trait Report (pdf)
    • Intended to be used on a weekly basis.
    • Students describe how they put the character trait into practice.
    • Parent affirms, signs and dates the document.

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