Forgiveness by Martin Luther

Forgiveness by Martin Luther King Jr.

Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship……. We must recognise that the evil deed of the enemy neighbour, the thing that hurts, never quite expresses all that he is.
An element of goodness may be found even in out worse enemy.

The meaning of love is not to be confused with some sentimental outpouring. Love is something much deeper than emotional bosh… Now we can see what Jesus meant when he said, “Love your enemies”.

We should be happy that he did not say, “Like your enemies.” It is almost impossible to like some people. “Like” is a sentimental and affectionate word. How can we be affectionate towards a person whose avowed aim is to crush our very being and place innumerable stumbling blocks in our path? How can we like a person who is threatening our children or bombing our homes? That is impossible.

But, Jesus recognised that love is greater than like.

When Jesus bids us to love our enemies, he is speaking of understanding and creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. Only by following this way and responding with this type of love are we able to be children of our Father who is in heaven. The real test is not whether we could be crucified to save mankind but whether we can live with someone who snores.

Web guy’s observation….. If God created everything then he created the devil. The devil, like any child, must have been a good person at some time but during the growing up process became bad and caused problems. But, God, as a Father does want to forgive him and welcome him back to the fold. God’s work cannot be done until this is accomplished. Our part in this process is to try to forgive for if we choose to love, healing energy is released in our bodies.

Energy is loving and intelligent and available to us all. Italics from “Love, Medicine and Miracles” by Bernie Siegel, M.D

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