The F Word

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well-Lewis B Smedes.

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness- Josh Billings

It takes a strong person to say sorry, and an ever stronger person to forgive.-author unknown

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.- Gandhi

Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time, just like it does for you and me.- Sara Paddison

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you-Louis B Smedes

Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past-unknown.

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it-Louis Smedes.

Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. -Matthew 6:12

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.-Ephesians 4:32

If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”-Luke 17:4

Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”- Luke 11:4

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”  Jesus said to him, ““I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.                                                                    – Matthew 18:21-22

Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”- Mark 11:25-26

Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.”  Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.”  Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.- Romans 12:19-21

“But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.  To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer also the other; and from him who takes away your cloak, don’t withhold your coat also.  Give to everyone who asks you, and don’t ask him who takes away your goods to give them back again.  “As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive back as much.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.  Therefore be merciful, even as your Father is also merciful.  Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. Set free, and you will be set free.- Luke 6:27-37

Forgiveness is a choice we humans can make-Erin Merryn

There is no time limit to reaching the point of forgiveness- Erin Merryn

Forgiveness begins with picking off the scab and exposing the wound no one can see but you. For that wound to completely heal, you must be able to let go of the bitterness and anger and allow empathy and love to fill your heart and soul.-Erin Merryn

Forgiveness was one of the key ingredients I needed to turn that wound into a scar. Holding on to my anger and rage was like toxic poison filling my body- Erin Merryn


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