Some of my favorite quotes I live by:
“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.”
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along.”
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
It appears that when life is broken by tragedy God Shines through the breach.”
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.
You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
“Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
“Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.”
Notice a theme in my favorite quotes? The truth is forgiveness can change your life. It is such a powerful event to experience that has transformed my life in so many ways.