Idioms and Expressions Get over it A fresh start A new beginning Wipe the slate clean Get off scot free Forgive and forget Dredge up the past Let bygones be bygones Swallow an injustice Off the hook Situation You have stolen money from your employer. S/he has never found out about the stolen money, though. It is impossible to get the money back to her without her asking where the money came from. You feel really guilty about stealing – what do you do? In Today’s World How should we deal with people who are “unrepentant” for their sins/crimes? For instance, if someone repeatedly steals, lies, or kills, should s/he be let off scot-free? What should his/her punishment be? Hard Questions Is forgiveness ever fair? Is there something you need to do, be, or have first in order to forgive someone else? If you forgive, who has to swallow the injustice of what happened to hurt you? If you don’t forgive, who has to swallow that injustice? Talk About What are some things you’ve had to forgive other people for? What are some things you’ve had to be forgiven for? Is it possible to “forgive yourself”? Is it even necessary? What Does Forgiveness Involve? Is true forgiveness: - forgetting that something bad ever happened to you? - Stuffing your anger inside and pretending it doesn’t matter that someone hurt you? - Setting out terms and conditions for restoring your relationship with someone? - Committing to renew your relationship with someone, bearing the cost of his/her sin yourself?