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The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.   D.L. Moody

Forgiveness is not that stripe which says, “I will forgive, but not forget.” It is not to bury the hatchet with the handle sticking out of the ground, so you can grasp it the minute you want it.   D.L. Moody

Because we are the most forgiven people in the world, we should be the most forgiving people in the world.   C.J Mahaney

Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.    Author Unknown

Forgiveness is God’s command.   Martin Luther

Whenever I see myself before God and realize something of what my blessed Lord has done for me at Calvary, I am ready to forgive anybody anything. I cannot withhold it. I do not even want to withhold it.   Martin Lloyd-Jones

There is such a big difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. It takes two to reconcile, so it is not always possible to be reconciled. But it takes only one to forgive. So if people do you wrong, forgive them, whether or not they ask for forgiveness. You cannot cancel their sin. Only God can do that, and He will only do it if they repent. But what you can do is set aside your own anger, bitterness, and resentment towards them.   Philip Graham Ryken

The ability to forgive is one of the surest signs of having been forgiven.  It is part of the proof that we have received God’s grace…  Those who are truly forgiven, truly forgive.  The sins they commit are of greater importance to them than the sins they suffer.   Philip Graham Ryken

We are not called to forgive others in order to earn God’s love; rather, having experienced His love, we have the basis and motive to forgive others.   Pat Morison

I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone.   D.L. Moody

Know all and you will pardon all.   Thomas a Kempis

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.   Corrie Ten Boom

Unforgiveness is the poison we drink, hoping others will die.  Author Unknown

We need not climb up into heaven to see whether our sins are forgiven: let us look into our hearts, and see if we can forgive others. If we can, we need not doubt but God as forgiven us.   Thomas Watson

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.   Author Unknown

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.   Henry Ward Beecher

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.   Thomas Fuller

Forgiveness may be described as a decision to make four promises:

“I will not dwell on this incident.”

“I will not bring up this incident again and use it against you.”

“I will not talk to others about this incident.”

“I will not let this incident stand between us or hinder our personal relationship.”  Ken Sande

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.   C.S. Lewis

[Forgiveness] is [often] deciding to live with the painful consequences of another person’s sin. You are going to have to live with it anyway, so you might as well do it without the bitterness and rancor and hatred that threaten to destroy your soul.   Sam Storms

Many people ruin their health and their lives by taking the poison of bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. Matthew 18:23-35 tells us that if we do not forgive people, we get turned over to the torturers.   Joyce Meyer

Also, forgive yourself for past sins and hurts you have caused others. You can’t pay people back, so ask God to.   Joyce Meyer

We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.   Frederick W. Robertson

To forgive without [scolding], even by manner or look, is a high exercise of grace – it is imitation of Christ.   R.C. Chapman

Many people are reluctant to show mercy because they don’t understand the difference between trust and forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past. Trust has to do with future behavior.   Rick Warren

It’s Satan’s delight to tell me that once he’s got me, he will keep me. But at that moment I can go back to God. And I know that if I confess my sins, God is faithful and just to forgive me.   Alan Redpath

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Forgiveness and Forgiving

Whenever I see myself before God and realize something of what my blessed Lord has done for me at Calvary, I am ready to forgive anybody anything. I cannot withhold it. I do not even want to withhold it.    Martin Lloyd-Jones

 The best testimony that Stephen bore was his last: not when preaching and working miracles, but when he pleaded for his persecutors; for then he most resembled the Lord Jesus in patience, forgiveness and love.    Robert C. Chapman

 Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.    Henry Ward Beecher

 
Forgiveness to letting go of a bell rope. If you have ever seen a country church with a bell in the steeple, you will remember that to get the bell ringing you have to tug awhile. Once it has begun to ring, you merely maintain the momentum. As long as you keep pulling, the bell keeps ringing. Forgiveness is letting go of the rope. It is just that simple. But when you do so, the bell keeps ringing. Momentum is still at work. However, if you keep your hands off the rope, the bell will begin to slow and eventually stop.
Corrie Ten Boom

I choose peace… I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.   Max Lucado

Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. Anonymous

The most miserable prison in the world is the prison we make for ourselves when we refuse to show mercy. Our thoughts become shackled, our emotions are chained, the will is almost paralyzed. But when we show mercy, all of these bonds are broken, and we enter into a joyful liberty that frees us to share God’s love with others.    Warren W. Wiersbe

We implore the mercy of God, not that He may leave us at peace in our vices, but that He may deliver us from them.   Blaise Pascal

Those who say they will forgive but can’t forget, simply bury the hatchet but leave the handle out for immediate use.    Dwight L Moody

Unforgiveness is like a scratch on an old record. The song never goes on to the end, it keeps the beautiful music yet to be released unheard and all that resounds are the same old three or four chords again and again and again. Katherine Walden

If I cast up a confessed, repented, and forsaken sin against another, and allow my remembrance of that sin to colour my thinking and feed my suspicions, then I know nothing of Calvary love.   Amy Carmichael

It takes a lot of emotional and psychological energy to keep a wound open, to keep a grudge alive. The longer I allow a wound to fester, the more bitterness, anger and self-pity poison my blood and eat at my heart.    Albert Haase

What if thou hadst committed the sins of a thousand? What if thou hadst committed the sins of a million worlds? Christ’s righteousness will cover, Christ’s blood will cleanse thee from the guilt of all.   George Whitefield

The true Christian is like sandalwood, which imparts its fragrance to the axe which cuts it, without doing any harm in return.   Sadhu Sundar Singh

We cannot be right with God when we are wrong with others.   Lehman Strauss

Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free.  Stormie Omartian

In the midst of forgiving comes a celebration: we see the beauty of people who quite often are considered marginal by society. With forgiveness and celebration, community [fellowship] becomes the place where we call forth the gifts of other people, lift them up, and say, “You are the beloved daughter and the beloved son.”    Henri Nouwen

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.    Billy Graham
  
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.  Unknown
  
I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone.    D.L. Moody
  
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.   C.S. Lewis
  
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.   G.K. Chesterton
  
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.    George Herbert
  
No prayers can be heard which do not come from a forgiving heart. J.C. Ryle
  
Also, forgive yourself for past sins and hurts you have caused others. You can’t pay people back, so ask God to.   Joyce Meyer
  
It is vain for us to pray while conscious that we have injured another. Let us first make amends to the injured one before we dare approach God at either the private or the public altar.  Jonathan Goforth
  
We tend to drag up our old sins, that we tend to live under a vague sense of guilt…we are not nearly as vigorous in appropriating God’s forgiveness as He is in extending it. Consequently, instead of living in the sunshine of God’s forgiveness through Christ, we tend to live under an overcast sky of guilt most of the time.    Jerry Bridges

To be able to look into God’s face, and know with the knowledge of faith that there is nothing between the soul and Him, is to experience the fullest peace the soul can know. Whatever else pardon may be, it is above all things admission into full fellowship with God.    Charles H. Brent

  
Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.   Phillips Brooks
  
And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.   Rick Warren
  
One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place–but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it.    Ravi Zacharias
  

Forgiveness is the key which unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.   Corrie Ten Boom

The rule is: we cannot really forgive ourselves unless we look at the failure in our past and call it by its right name.    Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the flower leaves on the heel of the one that crushed it.    Anonymous

 

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