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