To forgive is not an easy topic yet it is a part of everyone’s daily life.
We are told to forgive a person even as many as seventy times seven times. Whether you choose to exercise it or not has dramatic effects on your attitude, your interactions with others, your mental health, your physical health your relationships. Sometimes we don’t realize the long reaching effect until one day when ‘Bam!’, it’s all laid out in front of you and you have to acknowledge it.
A few weeks ago my parents recommended a service from their church that dealt with forgiveness. And since then it seems to be a recurring topic in my life so I was thinking I should do some research and see what other, smarter people than me have said.
- ‘Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offense up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love.’- Gary Chapman
- ‘To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.’ C.S. Lewis
- ‘Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.’ Nelson Mandela
- Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Col 3:13
- Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37