Forgiving without Benefits: Just Friends Forgiveness

Imagine this scenario. You’re hanging out with your friends and suddenly someone says something that just rubs you the wrong way. The thing is, it’s not a big deal. It’s not like they harmed you in any permanent way or anything, but still – it stings.

What do you do? Do you hold onto that resentment and let it fester inside of you like a doomed bag of chips forgotten about at the back of your pantry?

No! Of course not. That is what adults would do — in fact, grown-ups wouldn’t even harbor on feelings for so long over small things to begin with which means we are no better than children who have yet to fully embrace logical reasoning while interacting with one another.

Instead, forgive them!

That’s right folks; today we are talking about forgiveness between friends – Especially when there isn’t much else other than friendship floating around.. So grab some popcorn, settle down comfortably into your onesie PJ’s and get ready for an article on “JUST FRIENDS FORGIVENESS”.

What does ‘Just Friends Forgiveness’ mean?

Unlike family members or significant others whom depth in relationships can transcend remorse from one action alone /friendships particularly those formed due to locality or happenstance may be short-lived deep acquaintances leaving no room for ill will when errors percolate.

Therefore “just friend forgiveness” can also occur rather quickly since their association usually involves fewer complexities compared to other forms of associations such as work colleagues. Nonetheless misunderstandings could lead quickly to hard feelings re-emphasizing why communicating openly within these particular conversations becomes especially vital which brings us to our next subheading:


Communication plays the most integral part in all kinds of relationships whether its personal clients or professional ones—including friendships.

If a good friend has done something unkind accidentally (such as not being able to make an important appointment) or maybe on purpose like noticing your sunburn and teasing you about it despite knowing how much of a nagging pain any burn can become, sharing feelings with them honestly (without hurting their own sentiments in regards the act – contextually referring to benefactor-less relationships) may just turn out to be cathartic while also benefiting the growth of the friendship.

Be direct! Tell them what’s bothering you/what impacted waywardly; if it was something they did/said/didn’t do at all. Remember that none has access to read minds which is why communication remains essential for healthy friendships.


“Can you hear me?!”, ”What am I saying? Am I too soft?”, ”Did I enunciate enough? Did my Freudian slip cause unforeseeable harm?”

Misunderstandings occur frequently between friends due to misinterpretations; these errors might lead us into deep trouble especially since sometimes our filters are placed far up high leading many a time towards inappropriate responses when quiet is more efficient.

Working against this intricacy requires patience, tolerance whilst communicating openly (Feel free ‘facepalm’ each time after misunderstandings happen — we’ve been waiting for someone else trusted enough so we don’t feel silly doing it alone).


We definitely shouldn’t go around behaving unkindly towards others, but there will be times when toes are stepped on no thanks at all to hasty decisions swallowed by ego where we come off as rude jerks without intending thus necessitating apologies.

Apologies remain essential conversational tool particularly amongst friends proper following events similar such as miss-scheduling date nights / not offering appropriate spaces during conflicts among other moments — apologies show respect-awareness while indicating seriousness devoted righting wrongs done potentially enhancing reciprocal sentiment tied inside solidifying bond felt within every [friendship].


Now, let’s be clear here. Friends shouldn’t forgive everything necessarily since we still need to have boundaries and ensure our own well-being isn’t disregarded, but letting things slide when possible is a vital part of being a good friend.

Forgiving quickly helps maintain light-hearted and/or functional amiable environmentsclichéd as it may sound “life’s too short” for grudges or lingering resentment no matter how you look at it; moving on liberates the mind freeing up space for positive growth opportunities.

Accepting Apologies (Following #3)

Acceptance following conflict resolutions between friends fosters mutual regard towards an appreciate bond felt by each other potentially lifting morale across board from stakeholders;

The fact that one has apologized indicates true remorse behind acts committed with retaliation subsequent only frustrating already complex situations thus hindering any possibilities or indeed foundation-building efforts — hence provide support to those around during distress times even when its seemingly uncomfortable.


That sums our piece up nicely! Agreeably forgiving somebody seems so straightforward in theory compared to actually doing the same although individuals denying themselves this fundamental personality trait present in every healthy friendship succumb prematurely into destructive pattern-blocking potential fruitful relationships.

Remember: Misunderstandings happen daily purely due to perceptions inconsistencies rather lack of love which does not indicate carelessness or disinterest but reason enough to put more emphasis onto better communication methods amongst ourselves towards developing stronger bonds where friendship remains paramount.
So give your friends a break once awhile & laugh away misunderstandings. Life is funnier because all these people we get tangled with who just happens along-side through life leave indelible marks within us long after they are gone – Don’t go cutting off noses despite face smashes along the way!


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