“We must love one another or die.” W.H. Auden
Because we have been forgiven, one of our greatest tasks is to learn forgiveness as an art. It involves both severity and kindness, but our strength comes from exercising compassion and leaving judgment to a holy God. For each of us have and continue to wrong others. We are incapable of judging without condemning, better left to the kindness of forgiveness. Forgiveness confronts wrongdoing and helps us to remember our own. With gratitude for a God who keeps working out sanctification in us all.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. (vs. 2-4)
On King David – “He worked out firsthand what it meant to be alive before God in the midst of those who were concerned only with staying alive. His care for and sensitivity toward others had nothing to do with conforming to the expectations of others…He would have nothing to do with a salvation that was for himself alone.” Eugene Peterson, Leap Over A Wall
We must love one another or die. It’s true. From epic wars to family conflicts, neighbor disputes, or the person who took your parking spot…refusing to forgive is death from the inside out.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (vs. 11-12)