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FORGIVENESS - TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK
What makes you mad? If somebody
wrongs you, what do you feel like doing?
Forgiveness is the act of deciding to stop being
angry/upset with someone who has done
something bad or insulting to you. It is not
always easy. Even the Bible is contradictory
in this aspect. According to the Christian
belief system, forgiveness is a holy and good
thing. On the other hand, in the Bible there is
another phrase: “An eye for an eye, and a tooth
for a tooth.” (Exodus 21:24) What do you
think that this Bible verse means?
Tell us a story about a time when
someone did something bad to you. What was
your reaction? Would you change your response if you could relive the situation?
Contradictory
= [ADJ] Something that is different from another related or compared thing, and
therefore cannot be true. [Joan told me that Testo Mesto closes at 2200, but Vadim says that they are
open until midnight. These contradictory accounts confuse me.]
FORGIVENESS (OR LACK THEREOF) EXPRESSIONS
Be ready to make sentences with each of these expressions!
To turn the other cheek
– To forgive and/or refrain from seeking revenge
It's water under the bridge
– Describes something that is forgiven and forgotten.
To bury the hatchet
– To forgive someone for something
To hold a grudge
– To NOT forgive someone, and remain angry at someone at every encounter
To have a chip on (one's) shoulder
– To bear a grudge; to be angry at someone for something [NOTE:
This differs only slightly from TO HOLD A GRUDGE in that it is a more general phrase used to
describe a person's state of mind/attitude rather than to describe specifically who someone is mad at
and/or for what reason]
To have it out (for someone) – If you have it out for someone it means that you are actively doing
something and/or plotting against that person, it doesn't necessarily indicate a grudge.
To forgive and forget
– To completely, wholeheartedly forgive someone for something
To pardon (someone)
– To forgive someone. [NOTE: In the legal sense, someone who is pardoned
(by the governor or other head of government) is legally not guilty or not responsible to face the
consequences of a given crime/action.]
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SUE NORTON; A STORY OF FORGIVENESS
On one hand, it is easy to say that you would forgive
someone who did something horrible and hurt you. On the other
hand, it is quite a different thing to actually go through with it
when something really does happen to you. The story of Sue
Norton is evidence of true forgiveness.
Sue Norton is middle-aged woman from Kansas. In 1990, she
received word that her elderly father was murdered. While
sitting at home with his wife in their rural Oklahoma house, Sue's
father was shot to death by the murderer. The murderer then stole
$17 and an old truck. Sue was horrified. She couldn't understand
why someone would kill two nice, elderly people who weren't
bothering anybody. About a week later, the police apprehended
“BK” - the murderer in question. Sue attended BK's trial, but
was unsure of how to feel. Others in the courtroom, including
her brother, were filled with hate. Sue said that hate “didn't feel
right.” She asked to visit BK in jail before the sentencing.
Although skeptical
at first, after several visits from Sue, BK
actually became a devout
Christian. Nevertheless, the jury
convicted him of murder and the judge gave him the death penalty. A few weeks later, at BK's appeal
trial, Sue gave a passionate speech to the jury to spare him from death. Sue felt that BK should spend
the rest of his life in prison, but not die. Although Sue's speech left many of the jurors in tears, in the
end they voted for the death penalty, and BK was hung. What do you think about this story? What
would you do if you were in Sue's shoes? Should the relatives of the victims be allowed to decide the
perpetrator's fate?
To receive word
= [VERB PHRASE] To be told; to be informed. [I received word that the concert was
canceled only after I was halfway to the stadium.]
To apprehend
= [VERB] To arrest. [The two bank robbers were apprehended in the bank's safe,
having accidentally locked themselves inside of it.]
Skeptical
= [ADJ] Marked by doubt; Unbelieving or disbelieving. [Juan is very skeptical about
Paraguay's chances of winning the World Cup – although others believe that they are a top contender,
Juan has his doubts and thinks that their offense is too weak.]
Devout
= [ADJ] Very religious and/or Very enthusiastic about something. [Jacob is a devout Jew. He
celebrates all the days of Hanukkah and always wears his yamakah when appropriate.]
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FORGIVENESS QUOTES: WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?
“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”
- Oscar Wilde
“'I can forgive, but I cannot forget.' is just another way of saying 'I cannot forgive.'” - Harriet Beecher
“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive, but do not forget.”
- Thomas Szaz
QUIZ
[Another pop quiz!]
CONVERSATION
Viktor
: Hey Alla, Hi Kayta.......hello Vadim.
Alla
: Well, well, well........if it isn't Viktor.......
Katya
: Yep, that's the one......
Vadim
: Mmmm-hmmmm. Viktor
: Uh-oh, what did I do now?
Katya
: Oh, I'll let you know in a few
minutes.....when I'm done deleting all this
spam from my VK inbox!!!
Viktor
: Oh no, not that again......
Vadim
: Why do you insist on clogging
our
inboxes with junk?
Alla
: Yes, it's getting old and tiresome.
Viktor
: I'm sorry, guys. A strange thing
happened – just yesterday someone stole my
password on VK and now a computer is automatically sending out notices to all my friends without my
permission.
Alla
: But what are you doing about it? When is this going to stop?
Katya
:
Yes, I insist that you stop this spam immediately!
Viktor
: Sorry guys. I already sent an E-mail to the administration of VK, but they haven't answered
back yet. Won't you forgive me?
Alla
: Yes, Viktor, I forgive you. But please be more careful with your password next time. Someone
can steal your money from your bank through the Internet, if you're not more careful!
Vadim
: Ok, dude. I understand that it must suck to get your password stolen. We're cool. Viktor
: Katya? Do you forgive me?
Katya
: I forgive you, but I never forget. Don't let it happen again.
Vadim
: Wow.
Alla
: Oh my.
Viktor
: It won't happen again! Thanks for giving me another chance, guys.....what do you want to do
now?
Alla
: I am going to redecorate my bedroom.
Vadim
: I am going to go design a new website and sell some domains.
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Katya
: I am going on a business trip to Rostov to sell some drugs.
Viktor
: Oh, looks like another trip to the club by myself tonight.....talk to you all later!
To clog (something)
= [VERB] To block something; to fill something up and make it full. [Because
she has so much hair, my sister often clogs the shower pipe. Then we have to buy special liquid
(Draino) in order to unclog the pipe and allow water to pass through it again.]
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