Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. If someone hurts you repeatedly, you are commanded by God to forgive them instantly, but you are not expected to trust them immediately, and you are not expected to continue allowing them to hurt you.
Rick Warren – What On Earth Am I Here for?
In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feel like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.
Andy Stanley, It Came from Within!
Jesus says that those who live by God’s forgiveness must imitate it. A person whose only hope is that God will not hold his faults against him forfeits his right to hold others’ faults against them.
Dr. David Jeremiah, Prayer the Great Adventure
There are some facts that will never change. One fact is that you are forgiven. If you are in Christ, when he sees you, your sins are covered-he doesn’t see them. He sees you better than you see yourself.
Max Lucado, Walking with the Savior
God’s forgiveness extends to the worst offenders and to anyone who wishes to receive it – not because of who we are, but because of who He is.
Forgiveness will help you more than the person you forgive.
You have been forgiven, so act like it!
A. W. Tozer
Thinking about forgiving is not enough. You must come to a moment when you say, “With God’s help I now forgive.”
Norman Vincent Peale
Asking for and receiving forgiveness from another person takes courage.
Our duty, then, is to bear meekly and patiently the suffering which others may cause us to endure, to treat with love the hand that strikes us, to forgive thos who injure us, and to commit all the injustices and inequities of our lives into the hand of the just and righteous God.
We must learn to forgive the ones we love and we can practice love only when we have forgiven.
Jaspinder Grover, Forgiveness: A Choice That Can Instantly Heal and Bring Eternal Peace and Happiness!
Happiness is impossible without repentance, forgiveness, and a right relationship with Christ.
Randy Alcorn, God’s Promise of Happiness
Ask God for forgiveness for anything blocking His love to permeate your heart.
Kathryn Shirey, Pray Deep for Advent
By saying I forgive, someone is letting go of the burden of the problem.
Estella Eliot, Positively Christian
Paul wrote to the Ephesians about how to have unity in Christ Jesus, he admonished them to be kind and compassionate and to forgive each other in the same way God has forgiven us.
Sarah James, Brides’ Devotions to Go
When you read the prophets you can see God pronouncing judgment on Israel, or you can see his desire and plea for them to come out of bondage as well as enter into his forgiveness.
Shane Callahan, The Secret of the Lord: How to Have a Deeper and More Meaningful Relationship with God
Forgiveness is God’s way. Holding on to the offense is not His way.
Angie Wagler, All My Rooms: Bringing transformation to the heart of where we live…
Serve the ones who hate you; forgive the ones who hurt you. Take the lowest place, not the highest; seek to serve, not to be served.
Max Lucado, Life to the Max
Not only should we request forgiveness and cleansing as we serve God, but we also must be willing to offer forgiveness to those we serve.
Chrystal Armstrong, God’s Divine Design for Dating and Marriage
Forgiveness is absorbing the pain, emitting none in return, and trusting your healing to God.
Vicki Edwards, Spiritual Spa: Creating Space for Women to Encounter God
Our Lord loves us so much that He is more than willing to forgive us and throw a “feast” for us when we repent and ask for his forgiveness.
Patrick Baldwin, The Perfection of Purity: A Message To My Daughter
If I say, “Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forgive,” 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.
Apple trees bear apples, wheat stalks produce wheat, and forgiven people forgive people.
Max Lucado, Every Day Chance
When Jesus said, “It is finished,” he meant it. It’s done. The price has been paid. You can be forgiven today.
The Bible reassures us that though our feelings are fleeting, God’s forgiveness is constant. If we confess our sins, he willforgive us. It’s a promise we can bank on.
Sarah M. Hupp
To begin loving people today, we must close the door on the past. And that cannot happen without forgiveness! Forgive those who have hurt you – for your sake, not because they deserve it.
Rick Warren, God’s Power To Change Your Life
When Jesus teaches us how to pray to God (Matthew 6:7-13), He’s telling us that by forgiving others we obtain forgiveness from the Father.
Winnie Anderson, Faith From 9 to 5:
The love of Jesus Christ covers your sins, and it also gives you the power to let other people off the hook. You’ve been forgiven, and you can forgive others.
We tell God that we have sinned, and we are sorry. In turn, God receives our repentance and forgives us.
Kristin N. Spencer, The Truth About Godly Confidence
To be sure, the future was wrought with difficulty, trouble, mistakes, but I knew that He was the God of great patience, mercy, and forgiveness.
Don Nori Sr., You Can Pray in Tongues
It’s no one’s favorite word, because forgiving is one of the toughest things we’ll do in this life.
Alice Camille, 2009: A Book of Grace-Filled Days
Take your sins and failures to Jesus, accept his forgiveness, and get back on track.
Matt Eachus, Gospel: Encountering and Remembering the Good News of Jesus
By forgiving the hurt and disappointments of your past, you release it from holding onto you in your future, and hindering your progress.
Eric Watterson, I Forgive You
Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.
Andrian Teodoro, The Power of Positive Life
When we blow it with people, the quickest path to forgiveness is humility. We must be willing to humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness of the person we’ve wronged.
Kendra Tillman, You Are Stronger Than You Think: Lessons of Endurance in the Race of Faith
Jesus Himself stresses that only those who grant forgiveness will receive it.
Dr. David Jeremiah, Prayer the Great Adventure
Forgiving other people who have wronged us or hurt us or embarrassed us is not easy. In fact, sometimes it seems impossible. But that is what God did for us and what He asks us to do for others.
Korie Robertson, Faith Commander
Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest
If Jesus forgave those who nailed Him to the cross, and if God forgives you and me, how can you withhold your forgiveness from someone else?
Anne Graham Lotz
By repentance and forgiveness, we may enter into a deeper spirituality, a more intimate communion with God, a stronger character for ourselves and a finer sympathy with others.
The power of forgiveness lies not only in our being forgiven – the joy of absolution – but also in our forgiving others.
David Timms, Living the Lord’s Prayer
In the presence of God, nothing stands between Him and us – we are forgiven. But we cannot feel His presence if anything is allowed to stand between ourselves and others.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
You must forgive. You must. This is the only possible way to your freedom and the cancellation of your own debts. You must release people. You must do this because this is the only way you’ll be able to release yourself.
Yes, you may have messed up, and yes it is good to express sincere sorrow about that, but approach God with thankfulness that you are forgiven rather than begging for Him to extend forgiveness once again.
James Bewley, How to Know God
“We all must be reminded that unforgiveness can creep into and lurk around the secret corners of our hearts, and we can give place to it without even recognizing what it is.”
“The only sins not forgiven are the ones that go unconfessed.”
Dr. David Jeremiah
“The desire of His heart is always restoration – not condemnation. When we truly repent, God will forgive us.” Mary Southerland