I believe that forgiveness is a necessity for being able to move past the actions others have taken that have harmed you, and especially the actions oneself has taken that have harmed themselves.
Without forgiveness, I don’t think anyone can ever completely escape the grip their past has on them so they can stand back up after being kicked down and move onto their next challenge.
I don’t believe that a person has to earn forgiveness because forgiveness isn’t always and doesn’t have to be an act of kindness or generosity.
I believe it can be an act of strength and it doesn’t have to be for the person you’re forgiving, as long as you’re forgiving them for yourself.
“When someone does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.”Unknown (Pinterest)
“When you forgive, you don’t change the past; you change the future.”The Word for the Day (Pinterest)
“Your mistakes don’t define your character. It’s what you choose to do after you have made the mistake that makes all the difference.”DaveWillis.org (Pinterest)
“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.”DaveWillis.org (Pinterest)
“The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you.”Unknown (Pinterest)
“If a person keeps coming back and you love each other enough to keep forgiving past mistakes, maybe you were really meant for each other.”QuotesLife101.net (Pinterest)
“You don’t have to trust someone in order to forgive them, but you do have to forgive them in order to make trust possible again.”Dave Willis, “The Seven Laws of Love” (Pinterest)
“Let today be the day you stop harming yourself with thoughts about the past. You can’t undo past mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time.”Karen Salmansohn, NotSalmon.com (Pinterest)
“Forgive yourself first. Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind. Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving your mistakes. Don’t remind yourself of what should have, could have, or would have been. Release it and let it go. Move on.”Les Brown (Pinterest)
“None of us should be defined by the worst thing we’ve ever done.”Kevin R. Duncan (Pinterest)
“Don’t wait to forgive until you feel like forgiving; you will never get there. Feelings take time to heal after the choice to forgive is made.”Neil Anderson, StrongWithPurpose.com (Pinterest)
“I never knew how strong I was until I had to forgive someone who wasn’t sorry and accept an apology I never received.”Unknown (Pinterest)
“Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.”Quotling.com (Pinterest)
“Most people don’t want to hear this, but real relationships that last involve a lot of forgiveness. You have to accept the fact that your partner isn’t perfect and will hurt you, disappoint you and upset you. You have to figure out if you’re willing to go through ups and downs with them.”Unknown (Pinterest)
“You can forgive someone and yet not want anything to do with them. People need to understand that forgiveness is for past reconciliation and not for future consideration.”Unknown (Pinterest)