Re­mem­ber to for­give

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For­give­ness was once a ma­jor theme among Chris­tians in this coun­try, and con­sid­ered to be one of the most ad­mirable at­tributes a true Christ fol­lower could pos­sess. Je­sus ad­dressed the im­por­tance of for­give­ness in Matthew 6.

Un­for­tu­nately for some, for­give­ness ap­pears to have fallen by the way­side. Many Chris­tians to­day are more con­cerned with pun­ish­ment and di­vi­sion than for­give­ness and restora­tion. Just look at some of the poli­cies be­ing pro­moted among self-pro­fessed Chris­tian lead­ers and politi­cians. How of­ten these days do we hear these in­di­vid­u­als talk about harsher crim­i­nal sen­tenc­ing, ex­pand­ing pris­ons, let­ting cer­tain peo­ple suf­fer the con­se­quences of their own bad de­ci­sions, and eject­ing from Amer­ica those who do not con­cede to their world­view? Just con­sider how many Chris­tians have em­braced the cur­rent pres­i­dent, a guy not well-known for his for­giv­ing spirit.

Re­call the words of a prom­i­nent Chris­tian voice from the past. C.S. Lewis said, “To be a Chris­tian means to for­give the in­ex­cus­able be­cause God has for­given the in­ex­cus­able in you.” RL HUT­SON Cabot

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