Forgiveness like an Onion

Forgive and keep on forgiving until the onion of offence is completely gone.

Forgiveness is like an onion.

When you forgive the offense, you peel back one layer of the onion, and things seem to be fine. But weeks, even months later, the offense pops into your mind again along with the anger and you must forgive one more time and you peel off the another layer.

As you go through this process several times forgiving again and again, one day you will pull off the last peal, and the onion disappears and you have completely forgiven the person.

Forgive and keep on forgiving, until the onion of offense is completely gone.

By Dean Smith written at ““.

Hard to hear this? At what layer of the onion are you?

Grace is needed at every skin; it is providential that peeling/cutting onions just naturally causes us to cry, even when we don’t want to.

In the haze of tears, try to remember you were forgiven first.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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2 Responses to Forgiveness like an Onion

  1. directorifi says:

    Would you give us permission to repost “Forgiveness is like an Onion” on the International Forgiveness Institute website as we have in the past with appropriate credit to your website? Thank you.
    Dennis Blang (


    • Hi Dennis, you may certainly repost “Forgiveness like an Onion.” As you can see, I borrow an excerpt from Dean Smith of “”. You may see what else he has to say on the topic. I appreciate your attention to the many layers and insights on forgiveness.


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