Inspirational Quotes about Forgiveness

A moment of true forgiveness will end a lifetime of pain. Now ask God for assistance in dealing with your past actions and reactions, and it shall be given. Ask God to hold your heart in His hand, and He shall do so. Ask angels to surround you, and know that they will. And with all their assistance and support, take an honest look at how you have reacted to your brothers and sisters. Ask God for forgiveness, ask your brothers and sisters for forgiveness, ask yourself for forgiveness, and forgiveness will surround you in its light.inspirational quote - end

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 36-37

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Another example of how I have untrained my ego-self and aligned myself more with my Godself is in forgiving people immediately. Whenever someone, even a friend, was sarcastic or said something mean to me, I immediately responded by saying or thinking something sarcastic or mean in return. I’m sure that you have joked with friends, only to cross the line where you teased them with a statement that made everyone laugh. Everyone laughed, including you and your friend, but deep inside you felt bad for having made your friend the butt of the joke, and you felt that he or she, deep inside, was hurt. There are even times when you’re angry with someone, so you choose to hurt that person with words. You use a sarcastic, indirect statement that outwardly does not sound bad, but inwardly you know it has stung the person. You could use the excuse that this is how people interact with each other; you could say to yourself that this simply is the way things are. I have also used these excuses. However, there came a time in my life when saying something that could be interpreted as hurtful or sarcastic by another became painful for me. I teased a friend with a statement, and everyone laughed, including the person being teased, but deep within I could feel his pain, and his pain became my pain. I again had to go deep within to ask myself for a better and more peaceful way of co-existing with my brother. Once again I clarified the goal, which was how I wanted to react in those instances and what I wanted to say in response to such comments. My goal became to obtain peace in such circumstances, extend it to all those around me, and be equally funny but without using sarcasm.inspirational quote - end

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p.112-113

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Forgive your brothers and sisters and you will set yourself free. You will set yourself free from all that you thought they did to you. They need not ask for forgiveness to be forgiven. They might even believe that there is nothing for which they need to be forgiven. That is fine. Do not concern yourself with how they choose to experience reality, for it has no effect on you, unless you allow it to. For something or someone to affect you, you must first allow it to affect you.inspirational quote - end

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p.152

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Anger. It’s a peculiar yet predictable emotion. It begins as a drop of water. An irritant. A frustration. Nothing big, just an aggravation. Someone gets your parking place. Someone pulls in front of you on the freeway. A waitress is slow and you are in a hurry. The toast burns. Drops of water. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip. Yet, enough of these seemingly innocent drops of anger and before long you’ve got a bucket full of rage. Walking revenge. Blind bitterness. Unharnessed hatred. We trust no one and bare our teeth at anyone who gets near. We become walking time bombs that, given just the right tension and fear, could explode. Now, is that any way to live? What good has hatred ever brought? What hope has anger ever created? What problems have ever been resolved by revenge? 22 inspirational quote - end

– Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him Savior

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p.152-153

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It was at a church in Munich that I saw him, the former S.S. man who had stood guard at the shower room door in the processing center at Ravensbruck. He was the first of our actual jailers that I had seen since that time. And suddenly it was all there – the roomful of mocking men, the heaps of clothing, Betsie’s pain blanched face.

He came up to me as the church was emptying, beaming and bowing. “How grateful I am for your message, Fraulein,” he said. “To think that, as you say, ‘He has washed my sins away’!”

His hand was thrust out to shake mine. And I, who had preached so often to the people in Bloemendaal on the need to forgive, kept my hand at my side.

Even as the angry, vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him.

I tried to smile; I struggled to raise my hand. I could not. I felt nothing, not the slightest spark of warmth or charity. And so again, I breathed a silent prayer. Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give him Your forgiveness.

As I took his hand, the most incredible thing happened. From my shoulder along my arm and through my hand a current seemed to pass from me to him, while into my heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed me.

And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness, any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself. 23 inspirational quote - end

– Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p.157-158

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Are you interested in reading a true-to-life life story about how I forgave my father and set myself free from the misery and angst that have plagued me for as long as I can remember? When I received a call that my estranged father lay dying in the North of England, I acted on an impulse; an urgent need to see him engulfed me and I fled to his bedside without a second thought. I hadn’t seen him for twenty-one years due to his appalling temper and a severe problem with alcohol. You may wonder why I went to see him and why I made such a rash decision? Instinct I guess. But I had absolutely no time to lose pondering on it and getting to his bedside was all that mattered to me.

I now know that it was the best decision that I haveever made. At the time, I didn’t care what he did or didn’t do: I just needed to see him so I could escape from my self-imposed prison of deeply-embedded anger. I needed to see my father for me and me alone. I knew deep down that something felt wrong in my life but I just couldn’t quite put my finger on it; I knew that I wasn’t happy but where was the elusive happiness that I was craving? I always seemed to be watching others experience joy but it was always passing me by. I always felt hollow somehow.

Six months on from meeting and forgiving my dying father, I can truly say I am a complete human being. I am happy now – no longer searching aimlessly for contentment – I have it right here in my heart, and you can too. This feeling could have been mine all along if I had just entertained the concept of forgiveness many years ago but I decided to hold on to the anger, the hurt, and the pain like a fool. And how I suffered! I have written a book about my experience and it is now available on-line. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please send me an e-mail – I would love to hear from you. My e-mail address is: RachelFlowers38@aol.com.

If everyone forgave each other, the world could be like Heaven – think about that for a minute – we could live in a perfect world if we all uproot hatred from our hearts and sow seeds of love. Let’s all heal together and make the world a better place!inspirational quote - end

– Rachel Flowers, 2006

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Now we arrive at the most important point of this example: You cannot release an individual or situation unless you have done so with forgiveness and love. When you express yourself through judgment and anger, you will feel worse afterward. You will have a feeling of incompletion, as if something still remains to be said or done. You will carry with you the individuals or situations in which you expressed yourself through judgment and anger. You will feel weighed down and not know why. And the individuals or situations will reappear in the future. It may not be the exact form, situation or individual, but you will re-create the environment to allow yourself the opportunity to resolve it with forgiveness and love, and obtain peace. Again your patterns will be repeated until you release them with forgiveness and love.inspirational quote - end

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p.175-176

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You think that by not forgiving, you hold a power over that individual, yet now you can begin to realize that, by choosing not to forgive, this individual holds that power over you. And to go one necessary step further, it is not the individual himself who holds a power over you, but those negative thoughts that you choose to hold on to that hold you captive. You hold yourself captive. These are the thoughts you created through your perception of the situation. This perception, which has made you a prisoner, can also set you free, for it is you that holds the key.inspirational quote - end

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p.177

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Quiet the mind, take some deep breaths and invite your guides and angels to be with you for the next five minutes. Completely reverse how the ego has trained you to think. For just five minutes, bring God into the room. Invite God to enter your heart, body, mind and spirit, and everyone and everything you judged in the first five minutes you now forgive, pray for and bless. Regardless of what you think they did or did not do to you, for the next five minutes forgive, pray for and bless them. Do this with every centimeter of your heart, with every ounce of your body, with all the love in your soul. Ask your guides, angels and God to assist you. Give God all your pain, anger and sadness and let it dissolve in His light. Ask your guides, angels and God to fill all those places within your heart that have been hurt with absolute forgiveness, kindness and love toward the brothers and sisters you once chose to judge.

Remember, you are participating in this invitation to assist you in understanding and acknowledging the power of your thoughts, both positive and negative. Once you have forgiven your brothers and sisters, once you have given and seen all the pain and anger dissolving in God’s light, begin to pray for those you once judged. With all your heart and soul, pray for their well-being. Pray for their health, pray for their present and future. With all your heart and soul, ask God to help you hold them. Feel yourself holding your brother or sister and feel God holding you both. Ask and invite God to assist you in seeing your brother and sister through His heart from now on. Ask God to completely retrain your thought system from one based on judgment and pain to one based on forgiveness and love. Ask God to assist you in carrying this new thought system with you wherever you go and to let it touch whomever you see. Offer gratitude to God. Thank your angels and guides for their assistance, then slowly return your mind to the room.inspirational quote - end

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p.191-192

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Footnotes / Acknowledgments

Every effort has been made to provide accurate source attribution. Should any attribution be found to be incorrect, the author welcomes written documentation supporting correction for subsequent printings. For material not in the public domain, selection was made according to generally accepted fair-use standards and practices.

22. Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him Savior, Copyright 1998 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

23. Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place, Copyright 1984 (Bantam Books).

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