Forgiveness is the heartbeat of the gospel. Meditate on these words.
Living a life of forgiveness is part of our DNA as Christians. Forgiveness is the heart of the gospel. Without true, sacrificial forgiveness, our love grows into a system of costs and benefits. Forgiveness requires sacrifice and humility, two things which are unnatural to us as humans.
Here are some scriptures and quotes on forgiveness to meditate on this coming week.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. (Mark 11:26)
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Eph. 1:6-7)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10)
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 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. (Matt. 18:21-22)
1. Cry out, O sinner, with all your might, and spare not your throat; for your Lord is merciful and loves those who repent. As soon as you return your Father will come out aforehand to meet you, and rejoice in you. ~ St. Ephraim the Syrian
2. Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent. ~ St. John Chrysostom
3. Sometimes we do not see any outlet, any escape from our sins, and they torment us: on account of them, the heart is oppressed with sorrow and weary. But Jesus looks upon us, and streams of tears flow from our eyes, and with the tears all the evil in our soul vanishes. We weep with joy that such mercy has suddenly and unexpectedly been sent to us. ~ St. John of Kronstadt
4. You shall not hate any man; but some you shall reprove, and concerning some you shall pray, and some you shall love more than your own life. ~ The Didache (Teachings of the Apostles)
5. Virtue in the sight of others is to bear with those who oppose us, but virtue in God’s sight is to love them. ~ St. Gregory the Great
6. You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. ~ St. Seraphim of Sarov
7. The Lord taught me to love my enemies. Without the grace of God we cannot love our enemies. Only the Holy Spirit teaches love, and then even devils arouse our pity because they have fallen from good, and lost humility in God. ~ St. Silouan the Athonite