20 Powerful Quotes about Anger and Forgiveness
Everyone gets angry from time to time, but the Bible tells us to get angry without sinning. Anger can be a very powerful and dangerous emotion, one that the devil often uses to pull us away from God. Forgiveness is the other side of anger. God could be angry with us for all of our sins, but instead He chose to forgive us by sending Jesus. What does this say about how we should act when we feel angry?
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
- Thomas a Kempis
A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
- G.K. Chesterton
Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.
- C.S. Lewis
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
- Proverbs 16:32
As long as you live on earth, you won't see the end of injustices. Yet God desires for you to let go of injustices and hold on to His grace. Only He can give you the power to forgive those who have hurt you the deepest.
- Paul Chappell
A Christian will find it cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
- Hannah More
To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.
- Isaac Watts
Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller
Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
- Proverbs 19:11
Do not say, "I cannot help having a bad temper." Friend, you must help it. Pray to God to help you overcome it at once, for either you must kill it, or it will kill you. You cannot carry a bad temper into heaven.
- Charles Spurgeon
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
- Ephesians 4:26-27
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher
And you know, when you've experienced grace and you feel like you've been forgiven, you're a lot more forgiving of other people. You're a lot more gracious to others.
- Rick Warren
Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.
- Phillips Brooks
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Acts 2:38
We may not be able to prevent other people from being our enemies, but we can prevent ourselves from being enemies toward others.
- Warren Wiersbe
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
- Benjamin Franklin