Forgiveness

To forgive…

  • Whoever opts for revenge should dig two graves. — Chinese Proverb
  • It may be infinitely worse to refuse to forgive than to murder, because the latter may be an impulse of a moment of heat, whereas the former is a cold and deliberate choice of the heart. — George MacDonald
  • Forgiveness is the fragrance that the flower leaves on the heel of the one who crushed it. — Mark Twain
  • Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude. — Martin Luther King

It’s all around us – the sad evidence that revenge is not the solution to hatred and violence. It doesn’t work any better globally than it does in the home or the playground.

Yet the cycle continues. Like the sorcerer’s apprentice, we find it has a life of its own. Once we call it into action we can’t stop it again.

God breaks the deadly cycle through forgiveness. Whenever a human being is willing to forgive, God blesses their act of forgiveness with His supernatural power. And Jesus demonstrated that we can – and must – claim forgiveness as a constant state of heart, not just as a one-off.

Impossible? Over three hundred years ago, the poet Alexander Pope wrote “to err is human, to forgive, divine.” Or, as we might word it now: “it helps to have God when you’re trying to forgive.”

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Published 30th June 2010 with tags: friendship

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