Without forgiveness we cannot worship God acceptably. Obviously this is true in terms of our relationship with God, but it is also true regarding our fellow-man. Jesus said, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt 6:15) Continue reading
Category Archives: Forgiveness
Earnest Hemingway, in The Capital of the World, tells a popular Spanish story about a father and his son named “Paco.”
Paco was rebellious. Disobedient. Defiant. And irresponsible. Unwilling to follow his father’s rules, he preferred his own way of living. One evening in the heat of an argument, Paco hurled some hurtful and hateful words at his father. Packed up his few possessions. Stomped out the door, slamming it behind him. And traveled to Madrid. Hoping to never see his father again. Continue reading
While unpacking my office this quote fell out of a folder. There is no source named. Or author attributed. But it spoke to me in powerful way.
“Forgiveness is when you let go of resentment. We resent now. But when you carry resentment inside, it tears away at you. You become sick. You become a victim all over again. It can keep you from sleeping, eating, and thinking straight. It can keep you from going forward. One day we won’t resent anymore.” Continue reading
In response, one of our regular readers, Stephen, commented, “forgiving someone isn’t a license for them to keep on running over you (continue hurting you through their actions).” He then mentioned the analogy of Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown and asked that I write about this issue.
It was a classic every football season for several years in the Peanuts comic strip. Charlie Brown practicing his place kicking and Lucy holding the football.
Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was known for her sweet and kind disposition. In fact, it was widely reputed that she never held a grudge.
The story is told that a friend once reminded her of some hurtful act done to her years before. When Ms Barton seemed unaware of the event, her friend persisted, “Don’t you remember how much (she) hurt you?” Continue reading
I already have something to look forward to for Christmas! The movie,“Unbroken,” produced and directed by Angelina Jolie is scheduled to be released December 25th.
“Unbroken” is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book, which I read last year, by the same title. It’s the incredible true story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and World War II hero. Continue reading
Did you hear about the man who was sitting in a coffee shop, across from a woman who was engrossed in her newspaper. One of the headlines blared: “12 Brazilian Soldiers Killed.” She sighed and shook her head at the sad news.
Then, turning to the man, she quizzically asked, “How many is a Brazilian?” Continue reading