“The 1st to apologize is the bravest. The 1st to forgive is the strongest. The 1st to forget is the happiest.”

—David Voth

Quote posted 5 years ago by Alison H. (for everyone)
  • 5 years ago, David M. said,
    How wonderfully true! Words to live by....
  • 5 years ago, Steve B. said,
  • 5 years ago, Angie A. said,
    So hard to do, but very rewarding!
  • 5 years ago, Debbie W. said,
    This is one of the truest lessons there is but one of the hardest to do....
  • 5 years ago, Johnathan R. said,
    The best example of forgiveness from the holy book is the story of Joseph forgiving his brothers after a few of his brothers left him in a scorpion infested dry well and after his other brothers later sold him into slavery. Joseph left the earth a very happy individual. How else can one be happy? Try defending oneself against the Devil's most effective weapon in Satan's constant fight to end our very existence - doubt. Do you remember the story of how the serpent tricked Eve into eating the apple by making her doubt God's command not to eat the apple? Never for even a fraction of a second doubt your constant need to be a friend to God, and God will in return never doubt His need to be a friend back to you and help you in life. There is no better friend to have than God. How does one be a friend to a symbol of good that one can not touch, see, smell or talk to? All we know about God that is thoroughly documented in the book of Genesis is that He made everything in six days and He then rested on the seventh day. One way for us to be God's friend and to honor and respect God is to copy what God did by working hard for six days by helping God create a better world and then resting ourselves on the final seventh day for a period of not less than 24 hours. Resting means the absence of work. We all need a day off from the weekly grind. To satisfy the minimum spiritual/religious/legal definition of rest consider the following: Rest means to completely cease from all monetary transactions (Stop buying groceries and things!), to stop gossiping about those around you (Be quiet for heavens sake!), to stop traveling to places outside the city in which you live (Put a damper on your travel!), and to stay away from public events such as live concerts (Rest your ears as well!). When you rest for twenty four hours or more following six days of hard work trying to make the world a better place to live, then God will support you and everything you do in life as He feels that you are on his side and are truly trying to be His friend. God will then without doubt help you find purpose and success in life. Many people think observing a day of rest per week is optional. It is not. In fact, refusing to rest one day each week is not only a violation of one of the 10 commandments, but it is a blatant denial of the existence of God as well as an open invitation to Satan which has its own extremely serious unforeseen consequences! A few have asked who wrote this. This is a tough question to answer as the writer's role sometimes frequently changes depending on the writer's wishes. A few have asked about the writer's motivation which is really an unnecessary question as the writer's motivation will become evident.
  • 5 years ago, Toyia Z. said,
    Hard lesson to learn, but worth it.
  • 5 years ago, Blake D. said,
    It's been a rough few months with several personal and professional losses. I need to forgive those who left and then move on. Thank you for posting this quote as a reminder and guide.
  • 5 years ago, Tamika M. said,
  • 5 years ago, Yrren S. said,
    hard but exremely valuable lessons to follow. Something to teach my daughters.
  • 5 years ago, Brian L. said,
    This is true in so many ways.
  • 5 years ago, Thomisha W. said,
    love this.
  • 5 years ago, Kim C. said,
    I can relate Kimberley. Have to practice tough love with my grown younger brother. Didn't write him out of my life but I learned not to let him play his crap with me and learned how to say no. Good luck with your troubles.
  • 5 years ago, Kimberley L. said,
    I'm having a hard time forgiving and forgetting when the person continues to do what they do. It's a family member so I can't just write them out of my life. ??
  • 5 years ago, Kim C. said,
    And you sleep better at night when you can master this.
  • 5 years ago, Pam B. said,
    Thank you David !! This is truly an inspiration !!!
  • 5 years ago, cherie S. said,
    Isn,t this the truth. Don't let pride stand in your way.
  • 5 years ago, cherie S. said,
    Boy isnt this the truth. Don't let pride stand in your way....
  • 5 years ago, sanchezwes1 W. said,
    Your perceived strengths are sometimes your weaknesses and your perceived weaknesses may be your strengths. Being the first to apologize and to forgive can be a real asset.
  • 5 years ago, Paula G. said,
    This quote came in a very good moment of my life...I needed it to hear now. Thanks a lot!!
  • 5 years ago, Gerri M. said,
    To forgive is to release the debt of another. Owe no man nothing but love.
  • 5 years ago, Vanessa H. said,
    Cleanses the soul <3
  • 5 years ago, Beth A. said,
    This is relevant to a current issue I'm dealing with. This is good timing.
  • 5 years ago, Barbara H. said,
    A truth that hits home ...
  • 5 years ago, Joe B. said,
    We have learned this in our marriage.
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  • 5 years ago, Jennifer D. said,
    True, true, true

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