One who forgives an affront fosters friendship,
but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.
I’ve told this story before, but this Proverb brings it to my mind again. We got to share the joy of our son Thomas’ wedding to our first “daughter-in-love” Laura about a year and a half ago. At their reception, Laura’s sister gave a toast to the new couple, and her words stole the show:
“The first to apologize is the bravest.
The first to forgive is the strongest.
The first to forget is the happiest.”
The maid of honor had come across this quote, and it got everyone present thinking about the power of forgiveness.
It takes a strong person to forgive, but forgiveness fosters friendship. And then if we can forget (and not dwell on the dispute) we may actually find happiness in the friendship.
Dear God, help me to find the strength to forgive, so that happiness and friendship may be mine. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.