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.