The late great English religious writer and philanthropist, Hannah More (1745 - 1833) once said: "Forgiveness is the economy of the heart...forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits."
The late great American Protestant theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971) once wrote: "Forgiveness is the final form of love."
The late great Reformed theologian, Christian author, and ethicist, Lewis Benedictus Smedes (1921 - 2002) once wrote: "You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well."
The late great art critic, sage writer, and social critic, John Ruskin (1819 - 1900), once wrote: "You will find it less easy to uproot faults, than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults: still less of others' faults; in every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong: honor that; rejoice in it; and, as you can. try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes."
[www.brainyquote.com, (Hannah More), (Reinhold Niebuhr), (Lewis Benedictus Smedes), accessed 30 December 2008. From a sermon by George Dillahunty, "Forgiveness Required!"]
Related Sermon Illustrations
Contributed by Michael Dugal on Jul 20, 2003
Psa 91 – engineer unit (1943-45)Their chaplain encouraged them to carry a copy of this Psalm with them as they went into battle. During two years and over 20 intense battles, the unit expereinced no deaths. During Operation ...read more
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Oct 10, 2005
"In the west during the torrential spring rains, the rivers frequently rise and flood the lowlands. There was a little girl who lived In the valley of one of these mighty rivers and one weekend "he was going with her parents to visit friends. As she was packing, she placed her dearest possession in ...read more
Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Jan 8, 2005
2. Cal and Rose Samra share this story from Holy Hilarity: From Rev. John L. Wallace. Christmas: It wasn’t long ago that a psychologists started telling us that the ‘holidays’ are not a source of joy for everyone. Like the drunk I encountered on the subway on Christmas Eve, they’ve been told the ...read more
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Aug 2, 2002
HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT KNOWLEDGE? There’s a story about a proud young man who came to Socrates asking for knowledge. He walked up to the muscular philosopher and said, “O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge.” Socrates recognized a pompous numbskull when he saw one. He led the young man ...read more
Contributed by Richard Wafford on Nov 24, 2004
Charles Swindoll says that competitive excellence requires one hundred percent all of the time. If you doubt that, try maintaining excellence by setting your standards at 92 percent. Or even 95 percent. People figure they’re doing fine so long as they get somewhat near it. Excellence gets reduced ...read more