Saturday, March 13, 2021

Neill: forgiveness

Saturday, March 13, 2021
    [Jesus:] “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.”
    —Luke 6:27-28 (NIV)
    [Forgiveness] recognises the wrongdoer as a person. He has done wrong, and about this there is no pretence. But that is not the whole truth about him. He is still of infinite value as a person, since every person is unique and irreplaceable by any other. Since he has so greatly injured himself by doing wrong, he is in special need of help, and help that can be rendered only by the one to whom he has done the wrong.
    ... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), A Genuinely Human Existence: Towards a Christian Psychology, Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1959, p. 210 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:27-29; Matt. 6:14-15; Luke 6:37; Rom. 12:14,17-21; 2 Cor. 2:6-8; Eph. 4:32; 5:1-2; 1 John 2:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me grace to help those who have injured me.
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