Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019

GREED THROUGH FORGIVENESS

 

     Jerry Levin was held hostage for six years in Beirut, Lebanon.  In a diary describing his experiences, he recalled the following significant day.  “For the first time I was able to pray for my captors.  And more than that, I forgave them.  I had to forgive them, because my captivity had forced me to take a spiritual journey.  And in forgiving, I could proceed free of the baggage of hate and resentment and fear and revenge.”

 

     Hatred or resentment is a strange thing.  It may not harm directly the person who is hated.  But it always damages the hater, spreading a lethal poison throughout the mind and body and robbing that person of peace.  Resentment or hatred raises blood pressure and damages health.

 

     We must forgive – not primarily for the sake of our enemies, but for our own sakes.  It might save our lives.

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