Forgiveness: 15 Noteworthy Quotes

Image C.S. Lewis “And there, right in the middle of it, I find ‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sin against us.’ There is no slightest suggestion that we are offered forgiveness on any other terms. It is made perfectly clear that if we do not forgive we shall not be forgiven.”

Image Mother Teresa “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

Image Martin Luther King Jr. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

Image Abraham Lincoln “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

Image Nelson Mandela “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

Image Mark Twain “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

Image Gordon B. Hinckley “The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either — or both — when needed?”

Image Confucius “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”

Image Jon Krakauer “When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.”

Image Socrates “One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.”

Image Coretta Scott King “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

Image Oswald Chambers “Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us to His favor is through the Cross of Christ. There is no other way! Forgiveness, which is so easy for us to accept, cost the agony at Calvary. We should never take the forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and our sanctification in simple faith, and then forget the enormous cost to God that made all of this ours. Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ. To forgive sin, while remaining a holy God, this price had to be paid. Never accept a view of the fatherhood of God if it blots out the atonement. The revealed truth of God is that without the atonement He cannot forgive— He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God through the atonement of the Cross. God’s forgiveness is possible only in the supernatural realm. Compared with the miracle of the forgiveness of sin, the experience of sanctification is small. Sanctification is simply the wonderful expression or evidence of the forgiveness of sins in a human life. But the thing that awakens the deepest fountain of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven his sin. Paul never got away from this. Once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vise, constrained by the love of God.”

Image Jane Austen “… she had nothing to do but to forgive herself and be happier than ever…”

Image Rita Mae Brown “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

Image Marvin J. Ashton “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”

(I’d like to dedicate this post to all the people who I may have hurt, knowingly or unknowingly, throughout my life. Additionally, I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly and humbly ask for your forgiveness.)

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