Forgiveness from the Heart
I will be the first to offer an apology
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Dear Jesus, too often I compare myself with
others. It's easy for me to find or imagine my superiority to them. I ignore you and your great
goodness. I forget that everything I have comes from you and that I can't claim the credit for any
quality and virtue, although I would like to. I wish to keep this truth in mind and to have an
attitude of genuine humility in my heart. Here I am, Lord, to know and love you more through
Lord, help me to forgive from the heart.
The True Battlefield:
Although it is difficult, we can usually bring ourselves around to
excuse an injustice we have suffered. We forget about what happened, and we try to move forward.
However, it is more difficult for us to forgive when we look into our offender's heart and refuse to
turn a blind eye to the goodness that is there. Our hearts are a battleground for good and evil, and
to forgive is to be willing to help both the offender and ourselves overcome the logic of evil. It
is to wager on the side of good and to trust that goodness is ultimately more attractive to the
human heart than the idol of evil. Christ always looked into the heart and wagered on the side of
2. Turning the Other Cheek:
For if you love those who love you, what credit
is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them (Luke 6:32). Christian forgiveness involves
waiving our claim to damages. It means turning the other cheek. It means giving up our cloak as
well. Yet all this is relatively easy in comparison to giving over our good name, to proceeding in
charity even when we will be misunderstood. Even here, we must waive our claim to damages, willingly
die in the furrow, and patiently await the Father to raise us up again.
3. Going the
The Christian ethic is positive. It does not consist merely in not doing bad
things but in doing good things; building up positively. We change the world little by not doing
things. Christ was not satisfied with that. He gave up his tunic, he gave up his good name, and he
gave up everything—to the last drop of his blood. So often we feel good about ourselves because we
measure up to our neighbor; but it is not our neighbor with whom we must compare ourselves. It is
God with whom we must compare ourselves, and he has shown us how to be fruitful: by paying our
ransom with his own blood. In forgiveness and mercy, his generosity is without
Conversation with Christ:
Dear Jesus, help me to seek perfection in
loving you and my
neighbor constantly. I want to travel the path of generous love
because it is your path, and you are the source of all my
I will be the first to offer an apology or a
solution to build unity in my home and workplace.
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