2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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“If you learn self-control, you can master anything.” ― Anonymous
“Silence is not always a sign of weakness; it’s also a sign of strong self-control.” Anonymous
“You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel. Remember that.” Anonymous
“Self-control is the ability to control the expression of our passions and emotions.” Anonymous
“Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.” Spanish Proverb


I believe forgiveness is consistently missing within our culture and our personal lives as well. I firmly believe there are consequences to all decisions. However, I think we’re far too self-righteous to see that we’ve all made mistakes and are looking to hold people to standards we are unwilling to keep and reflect on. I’m guilty of portraying such things, so this is no indictment on anyone else, and that’s why I make it a point to practice forgiveness, even when I don’t feel like it.

There are two types of forgiveness that I believe most struggle with, myself included, which are forgiving others and forgiving ourselves. One of the most freeing sayings I live by and learned at a rather young age was that not everyone is going to like me. Simple yet, the statement gives me the freedom to forgive people who may think poorly of me, be it out of ignorance or a trivial matter of why they don’t like me. The hardest part of forgiving others, in my estimation, is when people we are close to hurt us deeply, which then results in the harder level of forgiving ourselves.