What are the dangers to the one who forgives too quickly?

If a person forgives too quickly, this usually means that the person is not ready to forgive.  Thus, the person still may be:

  • too traumatized to forgive right now. We need time to settle down before forgiving,
  • misunderstand that forgiveness is a process and allow the self time to forgive and to heal,
  • denying his or her anger and therefore not allowing oneself time to be angry,
  • confusing forgiving and reconciling, thinking that one must go back into an unhealthy relationship right away
  • not respecting the self as someone who deserves fairness,
  • giving the other the wrong message that the forgiver will accept any and all injustices.

Taking the time to forgive can correct many or even all of the complications discussed above.

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