Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Carmichael: forgive but not forget

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
    Commemoration of Douglas Downes, Founder of the Society of Saint Francis, 1957
    Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
    —1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
    If I say, “Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget,” as though God, who twice a day washes all the sands on all the shores of all the world, could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
    ... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), If [1938], London: SPCK, 1961, p. 40 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Purify and complete my forgiveness, Lord.
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