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10 Powerful Quotes on Forgiveness

I don’t know about you but I find my fleeting days on earth extremely tough at times. I admit that my own journey as a sojourner in this world, that is not my home, can be trying and exhausting.

In our mission field, I meet extremely good-natured people and occasionally, I encounter difficult ones–ones who do not comprehend intentionally where I am coming from–the ones whom I expect to be apologetic for having said or done something that hurt me but are not. What am I supposed to do then?

It is undeniable that the Adversary (the devil) can tempt me to dwell in despondency, stir the bitter thoughts in my heart and make me sulk in one corner. I feel like this area of my life is what He attacks most often especially when I decide to be more committed to praying for people in my life (i.e. my family, friends, fellow-workers in the ministry and faithful life mentors). He knows that I find it hard to pray when I am hurt and when I hold a grudge against another.

The Holy Spirit, however, urges me to:

  • renew my mind, recall God’s forgiveness and commands me to forgive others as He has forgiven me (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:32). 
  • remember that Satan is simply using other people to distract me from my focus on loving the people Jesus loves dearly (1 Peter 5:8).
  • let go of the situation and let Him deal with the people who offended me. (Romans 12:19)

Since I am well aware that Satan’s goal is to play with an idle mind, which is his workshop, I made an effort to fill my quiver with ten powerful quotes on forgiveness. Along with the Scriptures, I hope that this quotes-filled quiver I am about to share with you will equip you to forgive others easier, just as it did to me.

  1. “It is nobler to forgive and let the offense pass. To let an injury rankle in your bosom and to meditate revenge is to keep old wounds open and to make new ones. Better forget and forgive.” – Charles H. Spurgeon.
  2. “We are to forgive so that we may enjoy God’s goodness without feeling the weight of anger burning deep within our hearts. Forgiveness does not mean we recant the fact that what happened to us was wrong. Instead, we roll our burdens onto the Lord and allow Him to carry them for us.” – Dr. Charles Stanley
  3. “Don’t get impatient with others. Remember how God dealt with you – with patience and gentleness.” – Oswald Chambers
  4. “Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.” – Dave Willis
  5. “Nothing in the Christian life is more important than forgiveness-our forgiveness of others and God’s forgiveness of us.” – John F. MacArthur
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  7. “If I say, ‘Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget,’ as though the God, who twice a day washes all the sands on all the shores of all the world, could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” – Amy Carmichael
  8. “Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.” – Corrie Ten Boom
  9. “Choosing to forgive always honors God.” – Lysa Terkeust
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Since forgiveness of our sins is one of the greatest gifts God has ever given us, forgiving our offenders is not only the best gift we could give them but most of all, to ourselves.

God knows the paths of our journey ahead of us. He knows that random people could offend, betray or hurt us. Let us praise God for Jesus has set us an example of forgiveness and prayer for the Father to “forgive them [our offenders] for they do not know what they are doing.”

How do you process your pain or hurt? What are the quotes on forgiveness you find freeing? Kindly share them with me and our readers so we could enjoy our journey with a peaceful heart.

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Why is Forgiving and Forgetting the Best Choice?

The last two weeks of April have been tough for me. I would not go into details but I admit that it was stressful for me to have been faced with difficult people. It’s because I am still in my sinful human nature.

It was easy for me to cringe in bitterness since people can sometimes be unfair but God is never unfair! He is just. I grieved and kept on even if it is hard to focus on the tremendous intangible blessings my family has. Because of the mentioned situation I was in, I got so burdened for days because the Adversary, the devil has been tempting me to replay in my mind how I was wronged. I lost my joy.

I told my husband about it and he lovingly counseled me to pray for the people concerned and by faith, let God do His work.

Let me mention that I praise the Lord for giving me such a godly husband who always prays for me to continue growing in faith. This morning after my prayer time with him, I took sometime to meditate upon God’s Word by myself. Then God gave me a very powerful message which I cannot resist to share with you! Here it is. Proverbs 20-22

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“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and He shall save thee”   (Proverbs 20:22)

Be not in haste. Let anger cool down. Say nothing and do nothing to avenge yourself. You will be sure to act unwisely if you take up the cudgels and fight your own battles; and, certainly, you will not show the spirit of the LORD Jesus, It is nobler to forgive and let the offense pass. To let an injury rankle in your bosom and to meditate revenge is to keep old wounds open and to make new ones. Better forget and forgive.

Peradventure, you say that you must do something or be a great loser; then do what this morning’s promise advises: “Wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.” This advice will not cost you money but is worth far more, Be calm and quiet. Wait upon the LORD; tell Him your grievance; spread Rabshakeh’s letter before the LORD, and this of itself will be an ease to your burdened mind. Besides, there is the promise “He shall save thee.” God will find a way of deliverance for you. How He will do it neither you nor I can guess, but do it He will, If the LORD saves you, this will be a deal better than getting into petty quarrels and covering yourself with filth by wrestling with the unclean, Be no more angry. Leave your suit with the Judge of all. -Charles H. Spurgeon [emphasis mine]

This is such a very freeing message! Don’t you think so dear friend? Have you, like me, been burdened because you want to defend yourself for something you think is unfair? I fully understand that it’s tough. It steals our joy!

Grudge against other people can make us shrink spiritually but God does not want us to stay this way! He wants our freedom. He wants our faith in His sovereignty! Let’s take the challenge from C.H. Spurgeon.

I believe that this message is an answer to one of my husband’s prayers for me. It is my prayer that this message will also be an answer to one of your prayers if you have been struggling to forgive some people you encounter in your life. Here’s a question now after you read this. Why is forgiving and forgetting the best choice when faced with difficult people? Definitely! He wants our faith in His sovereignty. Let us wait and see how He will deliver and vindicate us!

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