FORGIVING QUICKLY

Whoever said it first got it right: “Life is too short for drama and petty things, so kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly.” What a wise and wonderful way to live – but not as easy as it seems.

Personally, I’m all for lingering kisses, raucous laughter, and true love. I can’t wait. But the idea of forgiving quickly is a tough one. It certainly belongs on the list; it’s just that it doesn’t come easily. How I enjoy my righteous indignation. Forgiving can be like drinking bitter medicine; I have to force myself to swallow…and even that in small doses.

In his audio book “Living Faith”, U.S. President Jimmy Carter talks about forgiving quickly. He says that without the knowledge that he can be forgiven, it would be impossible for him to face his own shortcomings.

He relates that both he and his wife, Rosalynn, are “strong-willed” persons who find it difficult to admit being at fault.

One day, after a particularly harsh argument, Carter decided that he would never let another day end with each of them angry with the other. So he went out to his wood shop and cut a thin piece of walnut, a little smaller than a bank check. On it, he carved the words, “Each evening forever this is good for an apology or forgiveness, as you desire.” That evening, he gave the plaque to Rosalynn. He reports that, so far, he has been able to honor it each time Rosalyn has presented it to him.

With his plaque, Carter made it possible for them to forgive quickly. They created a climate where it became safe to admit mistakes and where it was expected that those mistakes would be forgiven.

I suspect that if we can forgive quickly, we won’t have much problem with all of the kissing, laughing and loving. And we’ll probably do more of it.

By Steve Goodier

1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”

1 Thessalonians 5:15 “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but
ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”

Colossians 3:13-15 “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

Matthew 5:43-45 Jesus says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

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