Quick to Forgive

For Husband and Wife ( Day 7 of 18 )
JUST SHARING (from the “
Couple’s Devotional Bible”)
This article’s author: Lewis Smedes
Bible Passage: Psalm 30:1-12

Key Verse: Psalm 30:5

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime.”

When forgiveness is necessary, don’t wait too long. We must begin to forgive, because without forgiving, we choke off our own joy; we kill our own soul. People carrying hate and resentment can invest themselves so deeply in that resentment that they gradually define themselves in terms of it.

The longer you wait, the more you risk becoming a person defined by your anger, rather than simply a person who has a grievance. The offense and the resultant anger begin to possess you, until your identity is practically demonized by resentment.

So, when forgiveness is truly necessary, forgive as quickly as you can, because forgiving has two good results: The first is your own release, and the second is the possibility of reconciliation between you and your mate.


Have you ever known a person whose anger was his or her defining characteristic? How was that person’s anger a handicap to him or her?

What difference would “quick” forgiveness make in the atmosphere of your home?

Additional Scripture Readings: Matthew 5:23-26; Ephesians 4:26, 32

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  1. naku ganun pla yun… aba eh wala naman akong kagalit kung magkakaroon men eh may memory gap ako forgetful kaagad.. but forgiveness is the best policy.. awww!


    may sarili na pla akong website


    kumita na rin ako itay sa wakas…


    homebodyhubby: yan ang gusto ko sayo eh, malilimut– eheste, hindi mapagtanim! …at hindi ka rin nang-aaway!
    sana lahat kami dito ganyan. 😉 dakila ka talaga, anak ko…

    kita ko na nga yung bagong haybol mo, ang aliwalas tignan (domoble pa kumento ko dun)… buti pa kaw may house and lot na, kami umuupa pa. 😛

  2. honga, sabi nga daw, marriage is a relationship of two forgivers,,
    kc pag mahirap sa puso ang makapag patawad, mas malamang na di mag work out kc di maiaalis sa tao ang pagkakamali.. wats impt. is repentance n atonement

    homebodyhubby: 🙂

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