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Forgiveness

Meditation

Written by Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), an English Baptist preacher, known as the “Prince of Preachers.”

Observe how the apostle puts it. Does he say “forgiving another”? No, that is not the text, if you look at it. It is “forgiving one another.” One another! Ah, then that means that if you have to forgive today, it is very likely that you will yourself need to be forgiven tomorrow, for it is “forgiving one another.” It is a mutual operation, a cooperative service. You forgive me, and I forgive you, and we forgive them, and they forgive us, and so a circle of unlimited forbearance and love goes around the world.  There is something wrong about me that needs to be forgiven by my brother, but there is also something wrong about my brother that needs to be forgiven by me, and this is what the apostle means – that we are all mutually to be exercising the sacred art and mystery of forgiving one another. If we always did this, we should not endure those who have a special faculty for spying out faults.

You may know very well what a man is by what he says of others. It is a gauge of character that very seldom will deceive you, to judge other men by their own judgment of their fellows. Their speech betrays their heart. Show me your tongue. He who speaks with an ill tongue about his neighbor has an ill heart; rest assured of that. We shall have a great deal to forgive in other people, but there will be a great deal more to be forgiven in ourselves.

Prayer

This prayer is based on the Benedictine Peace Prayer.  Benedict of Nursia (c480-547) founded 12 communities for monks in Italy and is considered by some as the founder of Western Christian monasticism.

God, help us to be peacemakers – peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our sorely troubled world. Aid us to work for peace to take the first step in ending bitterness, to be the first to hold our hands in friendship and forgiveness. Let peace permeate our lives, Oh God, so that we may live In Your grace and love. Amen.

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