Oakland church

“Forgiveness is a Constant Attitude”

Here are some beautiful thoughts for all of us to reflect upon in our lives, in our relationships with one another, and in the world. 

Martin Luther King Jr., 20th century
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” 

Henri J.M. Nouwen, 20th century
“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”

Abraham Lincoln, 19th century
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”    

Dr Fred Kuskin, Stanford University, the Forgiveness project 
“People don’t understand what strength and courage it takes [to forgive]. It’s an assertive statement that this awful event is not going to mar my whole life — that there’s more to me than that.”

Pastor Laurie

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