“He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” ~ George Herbert
Let go of all the anger, all the toxicity and all the resentment that is poisoning your mind, body, soul and life and fill your heart with love. These 12 powerful lessons in forgiveness will help you do just that.
“We have to remember, when we forgive we’re not doing it just for the other person, we’re doing it for our own good. When we hold on to unforgiveness and we live with grudges in our hearts, all we’re doing is building walls of separation.” ~ Joel Osteen
“All forgiveness is a gift to yourself.” ~A Course in Miracles
“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” ~ Harriet Nelson
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” – Mark Twain
3. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” ~ Catherine Ponder
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes
4. Forgiveness is the most powerful thing that you can do for your physiology and your spirituality.
“Forgiveness is the most powerful thing that you can do for your physiology and your spirituality. Yet, it remains one of the least attractive things to us, largely because our egos rule so unequivocally. To forgive is somehow associated with saying that it is all right, that we accept the evil deed. But this is not forgiveness. Forgiveness means that you fill yourself with love and you radiate that love outward and refuse to hang onto the venom or hatred that was engendered by the behaviors that caused the wounds.” ~Wayne Dyer
“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” ~ C.R. Strahan
5. It takes a very strong person to forgive.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.” ~ T. D. Jakes
“Only the brave know how to forgive. … A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.” ~ Laurence Sterne
“The man who forgives is far stronger than the man who fights.” ~ Nathan Croall
6. There is no peace without forgiveness.
“Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” ~ Author Unknown
“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” ~ Marianne Williamson
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.” ~ Maya Angelou
“Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.” – Anonymous
“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope
“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” ~ Cherie Carter-Scott
9. Forgiveness might not change the past, but it surely does enlarge the future.
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” Paul Boese quotes
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ~ Steve Maraboli
10. Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
“Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” – George MacDonald
“Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they need is for you to make matters worse by responding angrily.” ~ Joel Osteen
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ~ Rumi
“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job? If you don’t understand this, you will get lost, however intelligent you are. It is the great secret.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
What do you think, is forgiveness an act of strength or of weakness? It takes a strong person to forgive or not? You can share your comment in the comment section below .