It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Chapter 8, Page 17, Book 18

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart…Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

Hannah More

Forgive completely, Forgive regardless of the cost.  Forgive from your heart.

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.

Philip Brooks

It is amazing how many angry or resentful thoughts against people are able to bounce around in our heads. But according to the logic of love, forgiveness should breed forgiveness and mercy should breed mercy.  It is easy to say but hard to do. 

You don’t have to accept the invitation to get angry.  Instead practice forgiveness, empathy and encouragement.

Dan Fallon

The truth is that if we didn’t judge other people we’d have no reason to ever be angry.  It’s the actions of others that give us reason to forgive in the first place.  It’s also the reason we often need to forgive ourselves.  

For me there is only one Judge and I am in no way able to be the judge of anyone else.  I may not like what others do, but that doesn’t mean I can’t like them.  I may not like what others say, but that doesn’t mean that I have to join in.

Forgiveness is not about justifying someone’s offense, forgetting their behavior nor reconciliation.  It’s not about forgetting.  It is way more than this. Forgiveness is the key to happiness.  Forgiveness is a choice and forgiveness is an attitude.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

St. Francis of Assisi


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Always love one another

jack69 said...

Mercy, forgiveness and understanding. You said it, 'Easy to say, (at times) very hard to do! BUT we must continue to practice it. Practice makes perfect daddy said.
Sherry & jack!

betty said...

When we forgive others it does release us from building up feelings of resentment, bitterness, etc., so it really is good for us to forgive, not necessarily forget, but definitely forgive. Jesus forgive us so we too must learn to forgive others.


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Someone said... Mother Teresa, maybe... that we should forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because we deserve peace. Bearing grudges hurts the person carrying the burden of anger much more than it does the one it's directed at. I have forgiven some pretty horrible things, but alas, I doubt if I will ever forget.

Mevely317 said...

Truth! And didn't someone else say (something like), "Resentment is like eating poison and expecting the other person to die."

Rationalizing, probably … but I wonder if forgiving someone doesn't make them feel they've just received a 'get out of jail free' card.

No. I must remember I can't worry about others' feelings; instead, try to control only that which I can. Me.

Rick Watson said...

So much wisdom in this post.