Let these forgiveness poems remind you of the importance of forgiving others, not only for their sake but for yourself. In most cases, you bring more harm to yourself by not forgiving.
Let these poems encourage you to forgive.
Even though you may be mad
Even though you feel sad
And you may be hurt
Feelings of being thrown dirt.
But you hurt yourself more
When you don't forgive and close the door
Let it go, don't despair
Forgive others and clear the air.
Be the first to forgive others
We are all truly brothers.
Forgiveness lightens your load
Always take the high road.
Poet: John Greenleaf Whittier
Forgive, O Lord, our severing ways,
The rival altars that we raise,
The wrangling tongues that mar thy praise!
Thy grace impart! In time to be
Shall one great temple rise to Thee—
Thy Church our broad humanity.
White flowers of love its wall shall climb.
Soft bells of peace shall ring its chime.
Its days shall all be holy time.
A sweeter song shall then be heard.
Confessing, in a world’s accord.
The inward Christ, the living Word.
That song shall swell from shore to shore.
One hope, one faith, one love restore
The seamless robe that Jesus wore.
The Art of Forgiveness
by Wilferd Peterson
The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.
It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity. It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness. Hate is death, forgiveness is life.
Forgiveness works the miracle of change. When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies he replied: "If I make my enemies my friends, don't I then destroy them?" When you forgive you change others and you change yourself. You change discord to harmony.
Forgiveness should span the years. You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you've done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you've made. Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.
Thus you release others and you release yourself. You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you. You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.
Forgiveness works two ways. You must forgive to be forgiven. "He who cannot forgive others," wrote Edward Herbert, "breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven."
Forgiveness should become a habit. When the Master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: "Until seventy time seven." He who forgives to infinity will never hate.
Forgiveness should start now. Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound. Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness. Life is short, time is fleeting. Today is the day to forgive.
Forgiveness is the way to personal peace. It is performing mental surgery on yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges, and resentments. It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.
It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals. It is discovering a serenity you've never known before.
Forgive! nor number the times two, nor yet eleven.
Forgive! forgive even seventy times seven;
Too much! Oh, too much, do I hear you say,
As in prayer you bow the reverent head?
Then every harsh thought, Oh, cast away,
"Seventy times seven" the Saviour said.
And mildly he looketh down from Heaven,
And sayeth forgive, nor malice nor envy keep,
Forgive as you hope to be forgiven.
And how sweet will be your sleep!
We owe a debt which increases as long as we live,
As we would be forgiven, so let us forgive.
O God, forgive the years and years
Of worldly pride and hopes and fears;
Forgive, and blot them from thy book,
The sins on which I mourn to look.
Forgive the lack of service done
For thee, thro' life, from life begun;
Forgive the vain desires to be
All else but that desired by thee.
Forgive the love of human praise,
The first false step in crooked ways,
The choice of evil and the night,
The heart close shut against the light.
Forgive the love that could endure
No cost to bless the sad and poor;
Forgive, and give me grace to see
The life laid down in love for me.