Jul 17, 2008
A lesson that has been shared with me in the past few days.
In life, we must find creative and constructive ways to negotiate conflict. The only conflict-free existence is death. Forgiveness transcends painful memories and grievances and redirects this energy toward peaceful and creative coexistence. Nelson Mandela once said that not to forgive is "like drinking a glass of poison and waiting for your enemies to die".
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is that attribute of the strong" ~Mahatma Gandi
Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your lord, and in the race for a garden wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the righteous - those who spend whether in prosperity or adversity, who restrain anger and who pardon all people. For God loves those who do good. ~Islam. Qu'uaran
Where there is forgiveness, there is God Himself. ~Sikhism
The superior man tends to forgive wrongs and deals leniently with crimes. ~Confucianism.
So, in retrospect - are you one of these superior people who are an instrument of God or do you tend to hit the so called "abuse button" in life as soon as something is said that you disagree with as only an immature self righteous pious prig would?
Better and more rewarding is God's reward to those who believe and put their trust in Him; who avoid gross sins and indecencies and, when angered, are willing to forgive. Let evil be rewarded by like evil, but he who forgives and seeks reconciliation shall be rewarded by God.
Next Chapter - Rambling Lies (Coming Soon!!!)