Most of the time forgiveness is not an easy choice. Remember, you don’t forgive someone for his or her sake – you forgive them for your sake. Not forgiving means you allocate a rent-free space in your mind for something un -pleasant or unworthy of it.
Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, nor does it mean that you’ve given the message that what someone did was okay. It just means that you’ve let go of the anger towards someone, or towards yourself. But that can be easier said than done. If forgiveness was easy as it looks like, everyone would be doing it.
Following are few quotes and sayings that will inspire you to forgive others and your own self.
20 QUOTES TO INSPIRE FORGIVENESS
“Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.”
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
Louis B. Smedes
“We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.”
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.”
“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”
“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.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
“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.”
Louis B. Smedes
“Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.”
“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.”
“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.”
“Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.”
“Only the brave know how to forgive. A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.”
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”
Corrie ten Boom
“We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. ”
“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat……Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established………Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation………Forgiveness does not excuse anything………You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness……”
William Paul Young
“People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!”
C. JoyBell C.