Offense, Forgiveness

Forgiveness has become passé in our society – a forgotten virtue.  But if we allowed forgiveness in our hearts (overlooking what my provoke to anger) much of this turmoil would be quelled.
I watched the stories of Berkeley burning yesterday and was seriously astounded.  Then more video came from similar riots at a New York University by similarly black masked thugs. These are people reacting and raging, having been incited by leaders/elders/Professors, or bought and paid for by George Soros – hiring people, sending them places to destroy – as we have seen this past election cycle.
In my daily reading today I read Matthew 18:
“And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:33-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

In my love of sharing good #truth (as I tag it) on social media, I also pulled out the following from Proverbs.

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Why forgiveness?

  1. Sometimes the person who offends us was unintentional and through a conversation matters are settled and relationship remains.
  2. Other times someone may need to cool down and allowed to come to their senses. Responding with anger only lengthens that process.
  3. Finally, there are those moments we, ourselves are offended – it is ourselves in the wrong. Either misreading a situation, misunderstanding, not allowing an outcome we don’t like no matter how inoccuous or important.

Lacking Good Sense

The people rioting fall into that last category. They lack good sense.
They are swept up, emotionally driven, even stoked by people they look up to or consider highly. Unfortunately, they are like the dumb masses who when asked why they are out protesting and breaking things they have a non-sensical rambling, incoherent answer.
Others, as I noted above, are bought and paid for protestors. They are sent to locations by bad actors for the sake of causing this upheaval.

There is a Judge

In either case, if they continue this type of behavior driven out of unforgivenss and rage, this will eventually catch up to them. If our Government, national or local, will not do anything about this, God is still just and He will eventually recompense this and they will be thrown into a jail much worse than we can imagine (God’s word says their worm will never die, their fire will never be quenched – Isaiah 66.)
God is a God of peace, not of chaos.


So here is the question for YOU the reader: how deep and sincere is your forgiveness in heart? Do you rashly respond, or use good sense, even overlooking an offense?

to err is human, to forgive divine


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