Someone asked Luther, “Do you feel that you’ve been forgiven?” He answered, “No, but I am as sure as there’s a God in Heaven!”
Pay bad people with your goodness; fight their hatred with your kindness. Even in you do not achieve victory over other people, you will conquer yourself.
Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other.
Lewis B. Smedes
God expects more failure from us than we do from ourselves because God knows who we are. We are not the righteous person who occasionally sins, we are the sinful person who occasionally- by God’s grace- gets it right. When we start from this perspective we are released from the bondage of perfectionism and are able to forgive ourselves once and for all. We are to take our cue from him. We may be disappointed with ourselves but God is not. We may feel like condemning ourselves, but God does not.
James Bryan Smith
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defect of others.
Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Forgiveness is a stunning principle, your ticket out of hate and fear and chaos.
The greatest wonder that I ever heard of is that God should ever justify me. I feel myself to be a lumpy of unworthiness, a mass of corruption, and a heap of sin apart from His almighty love. I know and am fully assured that I am justified by faith which is in Christ Jesus, and I am treated as if I had been perfectly just and made an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ. And yet, by nature I must take my place among the most sinful. I, who am altogether undeserving, am treated as if I had been deserving. I am loved with as much love as if I had always been Godly, whereas before I was ungodly. Who can help being astonished at this? Gratitude for such favor stands dressed in robes of wonder.
Charles H. Spurgeon
Patience is the virtue that transforms an angry tongue. Patience takes time to hesitate and evaluate. It rejects anger sins. True patience finds its strength in an unflinching focus on God and an unconditional love toward those who have hurt us.
The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong.”
Sydney J. Harris
It would seem, after having been a Christian for almost 80 years, that I would no longer do ugly things that need forgiving. Yet I am constantly doing things to others that cause me to have to go back and ask their forgiveness. Sometimes these are things I actually do- other times they are simply attitudes I let creep in which break the circle of God’s perfect love.
Corrie ten Boom
Forgiveness is the precondition of love.
We are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with.
C. S. Lewis
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
We judge others by their actions; we judge ourselves by our intentions. Unknown
Forgiveness is not an emotion, it’s a decision.
Know all and you will pardon all.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you. Unknown
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time.
We have found that marriage should be made up of two forgivers. We need to learn to say, “I was wrong, I’m sorry.” And we also need to say, “That’s all right, I love you.”
Let us be the first to give a friendly sign; to nod first, smile first, speak first, and- if such a thing is necessary- forgive first.
Some people confess a sin a thousand times, I tell them to confess it once, then thank God a thousand times for forgiving them.
One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not.
O. A. Battista
To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.
William H. Walton
There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.
C. S. Lewis
The word resentment means to re-feel…to feel again. Someone wrongs or wounds you; in resenting it, you re-feel the injury. And you re-hurt yourself. The Hebrew Talmud says that a person who bears a grudge is “Like one who, having cut one hand while handling a knife, avenges himself by stabbing the other hand.”
Norman Vincent Peale
Forgiveness is the greatest expression of love.
Saints are men who permit God’s forgiveness to come into them so fully that not only are their sins washed out, but also their very selves, their egos, and the root of their self will. And again we see, the intensity of their power really to forgive is in exact proportion to the degree that they have permitted themselves to be forgiven and so brought back to God.
How great is the contrast between that forgiveness to which we lay claim from God towards us, and our temper towards others! God, we expect, will forgive us great offences, offences many times repeated; and will forgive them freely, liberally, and from the heart. But we are offended at our neighbor, perhaps, for the merest trifles, and for an injury only once offered; and we are but half reconciled when we deem to forgive. Even an uncertain humor, an ambiguous word, or a suspected look, will inflame our anger; and hardly any persuasion will induce us for a long time to relent.
Henry W. Thornton