Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.
Lewis B. Smedes
May 15th - love fosters peace.
Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
When I walk away from a needless confrontation, offer a kind word, or help a friend in need, I have helped generate greater peace.
Grudges don't bring out the best in us. Forgiveness does.
When I forgive, I wipe the slate clean. I can replace feelings of anger, resentment, or fear with peace, love, and courage.
Forgiveness doesn’t come easily and usually doesn’t come quickly, but I’ve learned that forgiveness is the fabric of a civil society . It’s woven into every thread of cloth.
There are a lot of other people in this world. The more considerate you are of those people, even the ones who don’t seem to deserve it, the better off you yourself will be.