A story is told of two friends who were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, “Today my best friends slapped me in the face.”
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from nearly drowning, he wrote on a stone, “Today my best friend saved my life.”
His friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”
So real forgiveness keeps on leaving the sins of others and our hurts in the past. We need to forgive as the Almighty forgives. Concerning the penitent, the Scriptures declare: “As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psa. 103:12). “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And their sins will I remember no more” (Heb. 8:12). “And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). To be Christ-like we must be ready and willing to forgive and forget. “Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother sin, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him” (Lk. 17:3). Remember, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mat. 6:14-15).
Holding a grudge can be deadly.
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