Compassion and Forgiveness

Bright FlowerIn my previous post I wrote about compassion.  I want now to say a bit about how I see the relationship between compassion and forgiveness.

Compassion is the state of mind whereby no one is judged.  Does this mean that the one feeling compassion should be OK with others behaving just as they wish, no matter the consequences?  Does compassion mean rolling over?

I don’t think so.

Compassion is a necessary condition for forgiveness.  Without compassion forgiveness is not possible.  However, while compassion is necessary for forgiveness, it is not sufficient.  There is something else that needs to be present for forgiveness to happen.   Continue reading