On International Forgiveness Day, you might hear the word ‘sorry’ more than usual. Forgiveness Day is the day to acknowledge the importance of saying sorry and forgiving those who committed wrongdoings.

International Forgiveness Day 2017

International Forgiveness Day 2017 will happen on Sunday, August 6th. 

International Forgiveness Day is always takes place on the first sunday of August.

Forgiveness Day Origin

There were no established records to Forgiveness Day’s origin. However, it is a good opportunity for everyone to participate to establish peace: through forgiveness.

Forgive and Forget

Possibly, you have heard of the saying, ‘forgive and forget.’ Although often dispensed in a rather casual way, there are many benefits of forgiving and forgetting.

Firstly, when you choose to show mercy, problematic aftereffects of insults and hostility are avoided. In doing so, you also gain better perspective of their situation. Perhaps the offense transpired due to misunderstanding or maybe it was done unintentionally. If we put ourselves in their shoes, we may thus be moved to forgive them freely.

Also, when you choose to hold on to grudges, it can have harmful body effects. According to The Gazette of Montreal, Canada, “People of roughly about 4,600, between ages 18-30 years old, who have more mean-spirited and hostile personality, were diagnosed to have more unhealthy lungs. If persisted on, they might even have a worse lung condition than a current smoker. Truly, being forgiving can serve positive effects on your body.

How to Spend International Forgiveness Day

As the name of the day suggests, ‘forgive.’ But this day could be much more than that. Did you happen to upset anyone lately? Then make your peace. It is important to remember that all of us commit mistakes, and when someone extends the grace of mercy to us, are we not moved by the gesture?  If we make it a habit to maintain peace by forgiving, everyone around you will be encouraged to do the same thing.

International Forgiveness Day 2018

International Forgiveness Day 2018 will happen on Sunday, August 5th. 

3 Forgive Freely


“Continue . . . forgiving one another freely if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Even as Jehovah freely forgave you, so do you also.” (Colossians 3:13) Nowadays, forgiveness is often thrust aside; people prefer getting even over showing mercy. The result? Insult triggers insult, and violence begets violence.


The harm may not stop there. “In a study of more than 4,600 18- to 30-year-olds,” says a report in The Gazette of Montreal, Canada, researchers “found [that] the more hostile, frustrated and mean-spirited the personality” was, the more unhealthy the person’s lungs were. In fact, some of the harmful effects were even greater than those for a current smoker! Indeed, a forgiving attitude is not just a good social lubricant but also good medicine!


How can you become more forgiving? Start by taking an honest look at yourself. Do you not upset others at times? And do you not appreciate their forgiveness? So why not be generous in extending mercy to others? (Matthew 18:21-35) In this regard it is also important to develop self-control. “Count to ten” or in some other way give yourself time to cool off. And see self-control as a strength. “He that is slow to anger is better than a mighty man,” says Proverbs 16:32. “Better than a mighty man” —that suggests success, does it not?

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