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Lewis B Smedes Quotes

Together is my favorite place to be - Love Quotes
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever - Love Quotes
Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally - Dog Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
You had me at hello - Love Quotes
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars - Motivational Quotes
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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) To miss out on joy is to miss out on the reason for your existence  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) We feel guilty for what we do. We feel shame for what we are  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) The longer we hate, the harder it is to heal us  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) The rule is: we cannot really forgive ourselves unless we look at the failure in our past and call it by its right name  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) We forgive freely or we do not really forgive at all  (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) 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) God invented forgiving as a remedy for a past that not even he could change and not even he could forget. His way of forgiving is the model for our forgiving  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And He invites us all to forgive each other  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) None of us wants to admit that we hate someone... When we deny our hate we detour around the crisis of forgiveness. We suppress our spite, make adjustments, and make believe we are too good to be hateful. But the truth is that we do not dare to risk admitting the hate we feel because we do not dare to risk forgiving the person we hate  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Self control is about being in charge of the direction our lives are taking. Now for the paradox: We get control of our lives, ultimately, not by will power but by surrender  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Our history is an inevitable component of our being. One thing only can release us from the grip of our history. That one thing is forgiveness  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself  (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) Gratitude is the best feeling I would ever have, the ultimate joy of living  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) A wise judge may let mercy temper justice but may not let mercy undo it  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes) Kindness is the power that moves us to support and heal someone who offers nothing in return  (Lewis B Smedes Quotes)
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