Within the discipline of community are the disciplines of forgiveness and celebration. Forgiveness and celebration are what make community, whether a marriage, a friendship, or any other form of community.
What is forgiveness? Forgiveness is to allow the other person not to be God.
Forgiveness says, “I know you love me, but you don’t have to love me unconditionally, because no human being can do that.”

-Henri Nouwen

excerpt: Moving from solitude to community to ministry
by Henri Nouwen
Copyright 1995 Henri Nouwen. Reprinted from LEADERSHIP, Spring 1995.

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