Lewis B. Smedes Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lewis b. smedes quotes, lewis b. smedes sayings, and lewis b. smedes proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Some people still make promises and keep those they make. When they do, they help make life around them more stably human.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk.     

Lewis B. Smedes

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.     

Lewis B. Smedes

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.     

Lewis B. Smedes

It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.      

Lewis B. Smedes

It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Restorative justice is not a replacement of retributive justice, but a complement. It seeks the rehabilitation of the wrongdoer and the repair of the victim's injury.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Seeing reality for what it is is what we call discernment. The work of discernment is very hard.     

Lewis B. Smedes

We are anxious in the face of our unchangeable past; we long to recreate segments of our private histories, but we are stuck with them.     

Lewis B. Smedes

God is not a doormat, nor should anyone else be a doormat.     

Lewis B. Smedes

True, the apostles did not expressly say that people will be saved only if they repent, believe, and confess. But most evangelicals assume with good reason that this is what the apostles implied.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Our sense of fairness tells us that people should pay for the wrong they do.     

Lewis B. Smedes

We are anxious in the face of our unchangeable past; we long to recreate segments of our private histories, but we are stuck with them.     

Lewis B. Smedes

The Holy Spirit, thank God, often enables people to forgive even though they are not sure how they did it.     

Lewis B. Smedes

The lies we tell ourselves are the most subtle of all lies.     

Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.     

Lewis B. Smedes