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March 28th, 2012
02:23 PM ET

Bishop T.D. Jakes talks about the art of forgiveness in new book

Bishop T.D. Jakes is a preacher, a movie producer and a best-selling author. He's got a new book, called "Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven" and he talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" about what it means to forgive someone.

"Forgiveness is not a defense to pain, un-forgiveness is not a defense against pain," Jakes says. "The fact that you don't forgive the person doesn't make you any healthier nor the type of the person it is really toxic to your own heart and your own spirit."

"My contention is that forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. It doesn't exonerate the perpetrator and it doesn't even have anything to do with justice. It just unlatches you from being attached to one event and allow that thing to continue to feed and muster in your own heart and in your own spirit."

Jakes goes on to explain in the next video what the difference is between forgiveness and trust.


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March 28th, 2012
07:21 AM ET

What does forgiveness mean to you? Share your comments here.

Today, Bishop T.D. Jakes is on "Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien" to talk about his new book "Let It Go: Forgive so you can be forgiven" (Atria Books).

In preparation for his interview, we want to hear from you.

Do you have problems "letting it go"? What does forgiveness mean to you? Do you think people know what it means to forgive?

Share your answers in the comments section and they may be included in the show.


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