Wednesday, March 15, 2006

As We Forgive Those

We remember for decades the injury another inflicts; we forget the injuries
we have done. We barely noticed at the time, and the injured party may
have made only brief complaint. They still remember, and struggle to
forgive us. That we have forgotten we hurt them is an additional insult.

1 comment:

Woody said...

Good point. Hurt can last years or a lifetime, while the offender can forget it (or gloat over it) in a day.

I remember a scene in the movie "Billy Madison" in which Billy (Adam Sandler) sought out people he had offended years earlier and asked them to forgive him. In the end, one of them, a head case, saved Billy's life for which Billy said, "I'm glad I called that guy."

It can do the offender good to correct past mistakes, as it's never too late to start.