Hate is self-destructive. If you hate somebody, you’re not hurting the person you hate. You’re hurting yourself. And that’s a healing. Actually, it’s a real healing, forgiveness.
As our nation’s student debt crisis has reached a breaking point, we’ve been hearing lots of talk about student loan forgiveness. It’s taken me 20 years to forgive myself for my loan – and just as long to pay it off.
Things happen for a reason, and the only thing you can do is at night time get on your knees and ask God for forgiveness for anything that you did that you didn’t feel was right.
Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.
The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses much more than avoiding, overcoming, and being cleansed from sin and the bad influences in our lives; it also essentially entails doing good, being good, and becoming better. Repenting of our sins and seeking forgiveness are spiritually necessary, and we must always do so.
I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.
Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
Our lack of forgiveness makes us hate, and our lack of compassion makes us hard-hearted. Pride in our hearts makes us resentful and keeps our memory in a constant whirlwind of passion and self-pity.
The assurance of Heaven is never given to the person. And that’s why at the core of the Christian faith is the grace of God. If there’s one word I would grab from all of that, it’s forgiveness – that you can be forgiven. I can be forgiven, and it is of the grace of God. But once you understand that, I think the ramifications are worldwide.
It’s toughest to forgive ourselves. So it’s probably best to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.
A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.
Satan tries to counterfeit the work of God, and by doing this, he may deceive many. To make us lose hope, feel miserable like himself, and believe that we are beyond forgiveness, Satan might even misuse words from the scriptures that emphasize the justice of God in order to imply that there is no mercy.
I did once seriously think of embracing the Christian faith. The gentle figure of Christ, so full of forgiveness that he taught his followers not to retaliate when abused or struck, but to turn the other cheek – I thought it was a beautiful example of the perfect man.
The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.
I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again, and that’s my belief. I still don’t know what ‘Christian’ means. I’m a follower of Christ, but I keep making a whole bunch of mistakes. And I thank God for forgiveness.
It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
Forgiveness is a way of opening up the doors again and moving forward, whether it’s a personal life or a national life.
I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
Many people have trouble with forgiveness because they have been taught it is a singular act to be completed in one sitting. That is not so. Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons.
If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
It is never too late to strengthen the foundation of faith. There is always time. With faith in the Savior, you can repent and plead for forgiveness. There is someone you can forgive. There is someone you can thank. There is someone you can serve and lift. You can do it wherever you are and however alone and deserted you may feel.
For me, the healing process starts with graciousness and forgiveness.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I’ll forgive Thy great big joke on me.
Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.
Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.
I thank the Lord for the great principle of repentance and forgiveness.
Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
What is forgiveness? An emotion? A coping mechanism? An element of deepest faith? A way for the heart and soul to combat the type of hate, anger, rage and a thirst for revenge that could ultimately consume a person? All of those and more?
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
What is forgiven is usually well remembered.
Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
I cannot stand that whole game of confession, that is: Here I have sinned, now I’m confessing my sins, and describing my path of sin and then in the act of confession I beg for your forgiveness and redemption.
Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
I believe the Scriptures teach that there’s a literal heaven and a literal hell, just like Jesus said. And without forgiveness of sins that, yeah, the place of punishment is called hell.
Choosing forgiveness opens the door of your heart and makes way for a miracle in your life.
Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past.
Without forgiveness, there’s no future.
Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
Forgiveness isn’t just a blessing you deliver to another human being. Forgiveness is also a gift you give yourself.
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
You can’t legislate into existence an act of forgiveness and a true confession; those are mysteries of the human heart, and they occur between one individual and another individual, not a panel of judges sitting asking questions, trying to test your truth.
The characteristics of an authentically empowered personality are humbleness, clarity, forgiveness and love.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future.
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
As a practicing Catholic all my life, my faith and the church are never far from my mind. The lessons I learned in the church have structured the way I’ve approached my life and my career. They were lessons of grace, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.
Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.
Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
To me, forgiveness is the cornerstone of healing.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn.
Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
Forgiveness isn’t just the absence of anger. I think it’s also the presence of self-love, when you actually begin to value yourself.
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
In the evening of life we shall be judged on love, and not one of us is going to come off very well, and were it not for my absolute faith in the loving forgiveness of my Lord I could not call on him to come.
If you are bitter, you are like a dry leaf that you can just squash, and you can get blown away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness.
Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.
I pray for forgiveness. For help and guidance. To be a better person. For the health of my family. For the world to be a better place.
Your heart has to be prepared ahead of time through faith and prayer and grace and mercy and love and forgiveness so you can keep your heart open in hell, when hell happens.
Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC’s military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge.
We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.
It’s important to recognize that forgiveness is more than mere words; it’s a heart attitude that induces a spiritual transformation.
I believe in the redemptive need to admit mistakes, express regret, and ask for forgiveness.
Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.
The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior’s Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they’re sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.
We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.
Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.
There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
As forces of hate in this country and worldwide try to pull Muslims and Christians apart, we are in desperate need of a unifying force that can bridge the widening gap of interfaith misunderstanding and mistrust. That force could be the message of love, peace, and forgiveness taught by Jesus and accepted by followers of both faiths.
All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus assumes that asking for forgiveness would be a daily occurrence, as would praying that we might be delivered from evil and led not into temptation.
Apology is often the first step in correcting a wrong. Having moved for a position of saying ‘I don’t need forgiveness,’ Mr. Trump is now taking a second look at past behaviors, things that he’s said and done that he regrets. While he is not asking for forgiveness for being human, he is admitting that he’s made mistakes and humbly making apologies.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Love in the real world means saying you’re sorry 10 times a day.
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
No person is perfect. I haven’t, thank God, had any infidelity issues. But you can’t say what you won’t ever do. And you can’t say that you won’t have forgiveness in your heart if there were to be an issue like that.
If you’re truthful with yourself and others, forgiveness clears the path to righteousness, to grace. All we want is grace. We all want that light in our lives. And we can only get that when we go deep into truth.
God forgive you, but I never can.
Forgive those who have hurt you.
Forgiveness for one’s self is the only way we can keep going through life and give ourselves the best chance at being the best people we can be.
I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.
When you make a mistake and the devil comes and tells you ‘You’re no good,’ you don’t have to take on the guilt and condemnation he wants to put on you. No! You can immediately confess your mistake to God, thank Him for forgiving you and cleansing you with the blood of Jesus, and move forward in the victory of His grace and forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.
Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt your closest friends and family the most. I have a lot of regrets in that regard. But God has forgiven me, which I am very thankful for. It has enabled me to forgive myself and move forward one day at a time.
As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.
Forgiveness is God’s command.
I am making amends and seeking forgiveness. My only hope is that some good can come out of my situation.
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Eid is here! On the first day, it is a custom for all Malaysian Muslims to ask for forgiveness from our parents. We kiss their hands and wish them ‘Selamat Hari Raya’ or ‘Eid Mubarak.’ ‘Maaf Zahir dan Batin’ means ‘to apologize in spirit and actions.’
If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being.
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed.
You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’
Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.
The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.
In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I’m keeping a chart.
I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that’s his.
Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours.
Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in.
Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you’ve closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
Forgiveness is important in families, especially when there are so many secrets that need to be healed – for the most part, every family’s got them.
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Prejudice is sinful. All blood flows red. And the most harmful and foolish kind of prejudice is prejudice against yourself. Every woman is your sister, and every woman needs her sisters. So try to give other women the courtesy of your compassion, respect, and forgiveness. Love yourself despite – and because of – your flaws.
God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t.
I place an enormous premium on loyalty. If someone betrays me, I can forgive them rationally, but emotionally I have found it impossible to do so.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
I have to ask Allah’s forgiveness and not get angry, because they come to me out of love, and it’s not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred.
In Christ we see a maturity of love that flowers in self-sacrifice and forgiveness; a maturity of power that never swerves from the ideal of service; a maturity of goodness that overcomes every temptation, and, of course, we see the ultimate victory of life over death itself.
Forgotten is forgiven.
The power of forgiveness is huge; it is really big, and it can save this world.
If I say, ‘I forgive you,’ I have implicitly said you have done something wrong to me. But what forgiveness is at its heart is both saying that justice has been violated and not letting that violation count against the offender.