Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #7 --- Forgiveness

Quotations on Forgiveness

Forgiveness of the faults of others should not make us condone our own faults.

—Albert R. Bond, Baptist and Reflector, Nashville, Tenn., April 24, 1919.

Forgiveness is to abolish a moral hindrance to fellowship with the wrongdoer, and to re-establish the freedom and happiness of friendship. In forgiveness the old ideals of affection and confidence, which ebbed, must rise and flow over the offense and cover it out of sight. The gravest penalty of sin is the forfeiture of fellowship with God. In forgiveness man finds himself drawn close to the Father's heart. The pain of separation from God and self-contempt is all swept away in forgiveness.

—J.A. Chesnutt, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Nov. 3, 1930.

Forgiveness puts on no qualifying phrases. It does not add an appendix, in which it states that the wrong will never be forgotten. Some folks hold grudges and cherish bitterness in their hearts for years because someone has done them a wrong, so they think, and it may possibly be true. They say they cannot forget it, which is a polite way of waiting for a good chance to 'get even' and do them a wrong in return.

—A.B. Davidson, Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, Jan. 6, 1927.

Forgiveness has [some] NEVERS: Never use what [someone] did in the past to bring him or her back into the limelight. Never use it as a weapon. Never say, "Well, don't you remember what you did." Never bring up [the past] in any conversation again. You leave it in the past. Never attempt to get even by deciding that you are going to do something a little hanky-panky. Never decide that you are going to get even.

—Mike Clark, Build Your House on the Rock, Lake Charles, La., June 28, 1995.

Unforgiveness condemns you to remain locked in the prison of the past with memory as your jailor, continually focusing your thoughts on and tying up your energies in the old hurts, fears, resentment, rejection, failure, etc.

—Neil D. Glass, The Times, Shreveport, La., Jan. 17, 1987.

Unforgiveness is bad and sometimes becomes an ingrowing grouch. It undermines a man's life as termites undermine a house. Forgiveness unlimited means the complete eradication of unforgiveness. It is a high ground that is difficult to climb to. It is attained only by the help of the Lord. It is the only kind of forgiveness the Lord will listen to.

—Thomas Martin Kennerly, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, March 8, 1957.

Forgiveness is the refining influence which purifies our thoughts and helps us to have a desire for nobler things in life. If we can make forgiveness a part of our lives, it will be the means of cleansing our souls of selfishness, of arrogance, and egotism; of boastfulness, and many other undesirable qualities in our natures. Forgiveness to the soul is what harmony is to the various musical tones. There can be no great unity within our thinking or within our acting unless we have been able to harmonize our objectives through forgiveness. So it is with the musical instruments which are finally brought in tune with each other, and we get, as a result, beautiful harmony.

—Franklin J. Murdock, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 10, 1950.

Why stay in the dungeon of remembered wrongs when you can live in the sunroom of forgiveness?

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1939.

Why is it so difficult for us to forgive? Remember mercy demands a forgiving spirit. Can you turn your back on your brother when he comes to you wretched, miserable and asks for pardon? And if he does not ask for pardon, will you entertain a grudge against him? Have pity on him and forgive him. When we are personally injured and our feelings are hurt, what an elaborate apology we require! So you say “Forgive but not forget?” Indeed not. There is no limit for a forgiving spirit. Consider how difficult your struggle is against sin. Are you penitent? Do you know your failings? Have you not experienced bitter struggles against deceitful human hearts, and ill-temper, jealousy, greed, untruthfulness, uncleanness? O you Christians in humble love, forgive! Remember the fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer: “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

—Charles W. Hornburg, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., May 13, 1952.

The Supreme Teacher clearly stated, "If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:15), which seems to make human unity the condition for Divine acceptance. In view of such exhortations, the person with unforgiving spirit has taken himself out of Christian fellowship.

—E.F. Daughterty, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 29, 1924.

You cannot grow in grace until you have accepted the grace of forgiveness.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 15, 1925.

It doesn’t mean anything to forgive and forget if you can’t forget what you forgive.

—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., May 20, 1970.

Forgiveness is the elimination of all sense of offense at another's action toward us.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 28, 1916.

If you have failed to learn how to forgive you have accumulated a lot of unnecessary burden.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 19, 1930.

Some of the virtues of our friends grow out of the graves where we have buried their faults.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 3, 1909.

There are many who do not forgive an injury until they have exhausted their opportunities for revenge.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, March 24, 1898.

A people that cannot forgive and forget are by temperament poorly qualified to govern themselves.

—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 2, 1926.

The happiest sensation one can claim as an antidote to an unkindness you have received is to forgive the offending party and then not act hurt every time you meet him.

—A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Nov. 30, 1924.

Forgiveness of those who trespass against us is essential to effective prayer. We may say prayer with malice in our hearts, but we cannot really pray. Malice severs connections between us and God's throne, which can be restored only by the exercise of forgiveness.

—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., April 22, 1915.

Forgiveness is a revelation of higher character. Only people of lofty possibilities have the grace of forgiveness.

—W.H. Johnson, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, May 9, 1907.

There is a deep philosophy in the little matter of praying for others, especially for those who have misused us. When we pray thus WE CONQUER OURSELVES. We commend to God the one who has offended; having asked God to favor, we must then forgive. That sets things right, as far as we are able to do so.

—S.S. Lappin, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 25, 1942.

"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:21-22.) Jesus said until seventy times seven, which is a symbolical expression for never-ending forgiveness. Forgiveness is qualitative, not quantitative, and it is not measured by the multiplication table.

—J.W. Lowber, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, March 4, 1907.

Forgiving one’s neighbor or brother is more than acquiring a state of mind, more than silently saying, “I forgive you.” It is affirmative action. It is loving your enemies, blessing them that curse you, doing good to them that hate you, and praying for them that despitefully use you and persecute you. If one would do this he would do nothing for which others would have need for forgive him. If everyone would forgive his neighbor in this manner, most enemies would become friends, and those who had formerly cursed would be given to speaking praise.

—Casper H. Parker, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 29, 1950.

Let us learn to forgive other people that we may save our own souls from bitterness.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 24, 1934.

Grumbling spirits become dump-heaps for those people who do not practice forgiveness. Sourness of attitude often can be traced to this spot. Scandalmongering becomes the game of idleness in which loose talk is bantered with no rules prevailing.

—Charles Standridge, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., Dec. 13, 1956.

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