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Forgiving has several synonyms, each with a slightly different meaning. Excuse means that we overlook an action without demanding punishment. Pardon is a non-emotional legal term that means we absolve someone of a just penalty. Condone means that we tolerate an act, while not agreeing with or appreciating it. But none of these measure up to the idea of โ€œforgive.โ€ When we forgive, everything is considered: the act, the offense, the penalty, and the future relationship. God called our acts sin, willingly paid for them with the highest of prices, and then re-established peace with us. We are not called upon to pardon, excuse, or condone anotherโ€™s sin, but to forgive.