A Good Day to Forgive

Did you know that today is International Forgiveness Day? The image below speaks to me of how difficult it can be to forgive when someone has hurt you deeply. To inspire you to forgive those deep wounds and to live a life of forgiveness I offer you a few quotes.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. -Bryant H. McGill

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. -Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.” -Gerald Jampolsky

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. -Paul Boese

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

Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time. -Sara Paddison

Father, forgive them; for they don't know what they do. -Jesus Christ


  1. How can you forgive the person who murdered your step dad and husband

    1. A question that is not easily answered Sylvia. One thought though. Think of forgiving as an act of releasing the control that a person or their acts has over your life. It is not about saying that what they did is okay (because it was not) but about saying that we will no longer be greatly influenced by them or what they did. And, in the end, forgiveness empowers "us" for the future.


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