CQOD: 04/08/07 -- Denney: the diagnostic understanding
Christian Quotation of the DayApril 8, 2007
Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him.
-- Luke 17:3-4 (ESV)
It is the recognition of this divine necessity—not to forgive, but to forgive in a way which shows that God is irreconcilable to evil, and can never treat it as other or less than it is—it is the recognition of this divine necessity, or the failure to recognize it, which ultimately divides interpreters of Christianity into evangelical and non-evangelical, those who are true to the New Testament and those who cannot digest it.
... James Denney (1856-1917), The Atonement and the Modern Mind 
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, restore forgiveness in the center of my life.
See Believer's Desktop Companion 2007
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