A BRIDGE TO CROSS

A BRIDGE TO CROSS

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
—Paul Boese (1923-1976)

Without forgiveness, life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
—Roberto Assagioli (1888–1974)

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
—Author unknown

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
—Cherie Carter-Scott (b. 1949)

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
—Lawana Blackwell (b. 1952)

The one attitude which gives rise to hope amidst misunderstanding and ill will is a forgiving spirit. Where forgiveness becomes the atmosphere, there hope and healing are possible.
—C. Neil Strait (1934–2003)

Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.
—Author unknown

Love’s power does not make fussy historians. Love prefers to tuck the loose ends of past rights and wrongs in the bosom of forgiveness—and pushes us into a new start.
—Lewis B. Smedes (1921–2002)

Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.
—Lance Morrow (b. 1939)

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
—Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
—Martin Luther King, Jr (1929–1968)

People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t, we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!
—C. Joybell C.

Luke 6:27 ESV / “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

Colossians 3:13 ESV / Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Luke 6:37 ESV / “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

9 Comments

  1. David
    November 10, 2015, 9:22 pm   /  Reply

    I am in the midst of a major decision. My wife and I have had no contact with her parents form over a year. They have done terrible and inappropriate (do not read anything sexual into that please.) things to is. The were controlling to the extreme expecting to be a equal party in every decision in our marriage. This week my wife has missed then terribly and then yesterday her mother reached out again. My wife doesn’t want to make the decision and has asked my to listen to God and guide us thru this. I have so much trouble believing they they could of changed. Last night I read yesterday’s post of forgiveness and now this one. I’ve been praying and I’m having trouble sorting out my own thoughts from gods will in this. Please pray for us to make the right decision

  2. chi chi
    November 11, 2015, 5:36 am   /  Reply

    Dear David, God has already stepped into your situation. I pray for both parties and each individual that you will let down your guards and watch God perfect His love in your lives. Amen.
    Just like you am always blessed by this devotional. Thank God for them.

  3. Lazarus Tsolo
    November 28, 2015, 3:19 am   /  Reply

    I am blessed by this devotional because i had to learn forgiveness after some people did terrible things to me at work even trying to get me fired but God used me to win the spiritual battle. I forgave them and my life at work is amazing, through His grace.

  4. November 11, 2017, 1:45 am   /  Reply

    I have enjoyed reading these devotionals every day…they are such a blessing to me…have no idea how I get them but dont want them to stop ever…have a wonderful love affair going and will meet him next week…GOD is good and i thank HIM every day for this blessing…

  5. November 11, 2017, 1:50 am   /  Reply

    I too lost my job after 22 years, she made it so I couldn’t draw unemployment and havent tot a job since then…that is over a year past…have used all my 401K and savings…through it all i have been blessed…by a wonderful relationship by my friend…GOD is so good

  6. November 11, 2017, 1:51 am   /  Reply

    GOD is good

  7. Avis
    November 11, 2017, 5:23 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for this passage. It’s so important to forgive and let go and let God bring it to pass.

  8. Avis
    November 11, 2017, 5:38 am   /  Reply

    And you have have to learn to forgive. It easy to hold to the bad situation. When you don’t forgive it effect your health and everything. But as you learn and begin to let go things get better and easier. And hate begin to deterate and love begin come in and heal. That what forgiveness. This what he done for me and still do for me. Love is better then hate. Love conquer all

  9. kodzo Emlo
    November 11, 2017, 5:55 am   /  Reply

    I am very happy to read these words. It gives me strength and hope .thanks

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