Taken from The Founders’ Bible, “Unlimited Forgiveness” pages 1467-1469.
Timothy Pickering (Wikipedia)
“Whatever imperfections or faults are in my character, I trust that implacability [hard-heartedness] forms no part of it. As a man, it would do me honor — as a Christian, it is my indispensable duty — to forgive those who offend me.”
– Timothy Pickering, (General in the American Revolution and Secretary of State to George Washington and John Adams) when asked for forgiveness for the way an associate had treated him.
Richard Allen (Wikipedia)
“Let no rancor or ill-will lodge in your [heart] for any bad treatment you may have received from any. If you do, you transgress against God, Who will not hold you guiltless … I am sorry to say that too many think more of the evil than the good they have received.”
– Richard Allen (former slave, wagon driver in the American Revolution and founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME); America’s first black denomination) when speaking to other blacks who had also been mistreated and enslaved.
Forgiveness also was a prevalent topic in the Bible;
“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Matthew 7:2 NASB
“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”
Matthew 6:14-15 NASB
Who do you need to forgive today?