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Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) No one really forgives unless he has been hurt  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) ...Forgiving is not having to understand. Understanding may come later, in fragments, an insight here and a glimpse there, after forgiving.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) The blood of Christ covers all of our sins, but each of us must do personal business with God in order to experience his forgiveness.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) I believe that we should, on biblical grounds, tell all parents of mentally disabled children that God loves their children, regrets terribly that they are disabled, and will, when they die, carry them gently into a heavenly life where every person is forever whole.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Jesus said that we should render to the state what properly belongs to the state, and though he had taxes in mind, we might reasonably infer that giving the state the job of punishing wrongdoers is one way of giving the state its due.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) What is a disloyal act? A person is disloyal if he treats you as a stranger when, in fact, he belongs to you as a friend or partner. Each of us is bound to some special others by the invisible fibers of loyalty.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) God does not give us salvation because we believe. Our believing is only the normal way of receiving the salvation he freely gives.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) No doubt, corporate CEOs who lie to their shareholders and politicians who lie to their public know and believe intellectually that lying is immoral. Why then do they lie? They lie to others because they first lie to themselves.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) The first and often only person to be healed by forgiveness is the person who does the forgiveness... When we genuinely forgive, we set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner we set free was us  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Because arrogance is born in personal vanity, arrogant people are driven without mercy. They can never get enough power to fill the soul’s needs or enough respect to overcome the fear that they deserve less than they are getting  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Happy people are not their own enemies, do not carry on an endless war with their souls. We may be fiercely at odds with the wrongs of the world around us. But inside ourselves, near the core, if we are happy, we are at peace  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Promise keeping is a powerful means of grace in a time when people hardly depend on each other to remember and live by their word.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) My father was only thirty-one when he died of a heart attack, much too young for a father to die and leave his young wife with five rambunctious little kids to take care of. I was the youngest. Only a couple of months old when he died.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Sometimes I like to list the strongest arguments I can find to support a point of view I think is wrong. When I have them before me, I am up against a real opponent rather than a hypothetical one that is an easy target for me to hit.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Seeing reality for what it is is what we call discernment. The work of discernment is very hard.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) True, the apostles did not expressly say that people will be saved only if they repent, believe, and confess. But most evangelicals assume - with good reason - that this is what the apostles implied.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) At the cross, God was punishing Jesus for the sins of the world. God’s justice required a penalty from sinners, and in his unspeakable love, he paid the penalty himself in the person of his crucified Son.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) The Holy Spirit, thank God, often enables people to forgive even though they are not sure how they did it.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) When I feel the joy of receiving a gift my heart nudges me to join creation’s ballet, the airy dance of giving and receiving, and getting and giving again.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Nothing is more private than a woman’s body; it is her physical, emotional, and moral citadel. She cannot be free at all if she is not free to decide for herself, in private, what to do with her body.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Forgiving is, first of all, a way of helping yourself to get free of the unfair pain somebody caused you.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) I have discovered that most people who tell me that they cannot forgive a person who wronged them are handicapped by a mistaken understanding of what forgiving is.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) As I read the New Testament, I find only one path to salvation - the path of an informed faith in Jesus Christ.  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Some people still have causes they will not desert, even though the cause seems lost  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) How many times should you forgive your household bruiser? You should not even think about forgiving him. Not yet. Not as long as he has his foot on your neck. Your problem at this point is not forgiving. Your problem is how to get out of his reach. Once you get away from him, you can think about forgiving him  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) I am certain that people never forgive because they believe they have an obligation to do it or because someone told them to do it. Forgiveness has to come from inside as a desire of the heart. Wanting to is the steam that pushes the forgiving engine  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Gandhi was right: if we all live by ‘an eye for an eye’ the whole world will be blind. The only way out is forgiveness  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Any moment that opens us up to the reality that life is good is a parable of the supreme end for which we were made  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes)
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