Forgiveness-Give to Receive


“Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”

“Thus said the Lord:  If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  (Matthew 6: 14)

“Lord, forgive me my sins as I forgive those who have sinned against me”

“If he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day he turns again to you saying, I repent; you shall forgive him” (Luke 17:4).

As the Searcher of hearts, the Lord knows that men are liable to very frequent trespass, and that, having fallen, they often rise up again; therefore He has given us the commandment to frequently forgive trespasses, and He Himself is the first to fulfill His holy work. As soon as you say from you whole heart, “I repent,” you will be immediately forgiven.  (St John of Kronstadt)

“When a person does not sharpen his mind thinking about God, but instead spends his time plotting and sharpening various schemes, he surrenders himself to the devil.  It would have been better for him to have lost his mind completely.  Then, at least, he would have some extenuating circumstances on the Day of Judgment.”  (Elder Paisios the Athonite)



by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

That God may forgive us, let us forgive men.
We are all on this earth as temporary guests.
Prolonged fasting and prayer is in vain
Without forgiveness and true mercy.
God is the true Physician; sins are leprosy.
Whomever God cleanses, God also glorifies.
Every merciful act of men, God rewards with mercy.
He who returns sin with sin perishes without mercy.
Pus is not cleansed by pus from infected wounds,
Neither is the darkness of the dungeon dispelled by darkness,
But pure balm heals the festering wound,
And light disperses the darkness of the dungeon.
To the seriously wounded, mercy is like a balm;
As if seeing a torch dispersing the darkness, everyone rejoices in mercy.
The madman says, “I have no need of mercy!”
But when he is overcome by misery, he cries out for mercy!
Men bathe in the mercy of God,
And that mercy of God wakens us to life!
That God may forgive us, let us forgive men,
We are all on this earth as temporary guests.