10 Quotes from Forgive

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Connell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. In 1989, he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has become a network of sister churches and church plants. Since stepping out of the pulpit, Dr. Keller has worked with Redeemer City to City to help affiliate networks around the world plant over 750 churches worldwide. He teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary, New York City. Also the author of Every Good Endeavor, The Meaning of Marriage, Generous Justice, Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, Jesus the King, The Reason for God, and Center Church, as well as many others, Timothy Keller lives in New York City with his wife.

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10 Quotes from Forgive

1. Patience is the ability to bear suffering rather than give in to it. To forgive someone’s debt to you is to absorb the debt yourself. (Pg. 6)

2. God’s forgiveness cannot in any way be merited – it will have to be absolutely free. (Pg. 7)

3. If you believe the gospel – that you are saved by sheer grace and the free forgiveness of God – and you still hold a grudge — at the very least it shows that you are blocking the actual effect of the gospel in your life, or you’re kidding yourself and perhaps you don’t believe the gospel at all. (Pg. 13)

4. We can’t love without forgiveness, but we can’t live without it either. (Pg. 36)

5. If the real God is a God of both love and fury, then God’s reality is supremely revealed on the cross. (Pg. 79)

6. Without the humility that sees yourself as equally deserving of condemnation, and without the joy of knowing your standing in Christ’s love, it will be impossible to give up your desire for revenge. (Pg. 104)

7. Christianity does not minimize the wrongness of sin yet still provides a powerful antidote for guilt. (Pg. 139)

8. Self-pity looks like repentance, but it is self-absorption, and that is the essence of sin. Only if you see that you haven’t just broken God’s law but you have broken his heart, that you have dishonored and grieved him, do you begin to change. (Pg. 147)

9. If you don’t deal with your wrath through forgiveness, wrath can make you a wraith, turning you slowly but surely into a restless spirit, into someone who’s controlled by the past, someone who’s haunted. (Pg. 163)

10. If we don’t defeat evil through forgiveness, evil wins – in the world, in the perpetrator, in you. (Pg. 192)

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Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

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