Inability To Think
In a recent
chapel service bulletin from Chaplain Wendell C. Hawley, comes a classic
illustration of forgiveness. When the Moravian missionaries first went
to the Eskimos, they could not find a word in their language for
forgiveness, so they had to compound one. This turned out to be:
Issumagijoujungnainermik. It is a formidable-looking assembly of
letters, but an expression that has a beautiful connotation for those
who understand it. It means:
—Minister’s Research Service
little boy, being asked what forgiveness is, gave the beautiful answer:
“It is the odor that flowers breathe when they are trampled upon.”
Success On “The Last Supper”
Vinci was one of the outstanding intellects of all history, for he was
great as a draftsman, an engineer, and a thinker. Just before he
commenced work on his “Last Supper” he had a violent quarrel with a
fellow painter. So enraged and bitter was Leonardo that he determined to
paint the face of his enemy, the other artist, into the face of Judas,
and thus take his revenge and vent his spleen by handling the man down
in infamy and scorn to succeeding generations. The face of Judas was
therefore one of the first that he finished, and everyone could easily
recognize it as the face of the painter with whom he had quarreled.
But when he
came to paint the face of Christ, he could make no progress. Something
seemed to be baffling him, holding him back, frustrating his best
efforts. At length he came to the conclusion that the thing which was
checking and frustrating him was the fact that he had painted his enemy
into the face of Judas. He therefore painted out the face of Judas and
commenced anew on the face of Jesus, and this time with the success
which the ages have acclaimed.
You cannot at
one and the same time be painting the features of Christ into your own
life, and painting another face with the colors of enmity and hatred.
—C. E. Macartney
languishing for months in Hitler’s prison Martin Niemoller emerged
saying, “It took me a long time to learn that God is not the enemy of
No Room For Injuries
King Henry VI
of England had it said of him: “He never forgot anything but
injuries.” Of Cranmer it was said: “If you want to get a favor from
him, do him a wrong.” Emerson said of Lincoln: “His heart was as
great as the world, but there was no room in it for the memory of a
wrong.” Spurgeon gives this advice: “Cultivate forbearance till your
heart yields a fine crop of it. Pray for a short memory as to
—Rev. David L. Currens
The Best Gift
The best thing
to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a
friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father,
deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to
yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
Epigram On Forgiving
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love
our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
Speak well of your enemies; remember you made them.
You may have noticed that every enemy you made has ten friends.
And every friend you made has ten more friends!
The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a
“A Christian is not perfect; he is FORGIVEN.”
—Car Bumper Sticke
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