The Merits Of Forgiveness

The Merits of Forgiveness

There is a lot of wisdom in this famous quote: “To err is human; to forgive divine.” No matter how much cause for indignation, we should try our best to restrain our anger toward a person who has been vindictive toward us. This is what sacred books like the Bible teach us: ”Forgive our sins as we forgive our sinners.”

It is quite true that hatred toward other person results in very ignoble consequences. This is substantiated by the world’s greatest dramatist William Shakespeare’s immortal play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock’s anti-Christian spirit fills him

full of hatred toward hatred. He is a Jew and dislikes Christians. He is full of vengeance and animosity toward Antony. He is adamant to take a pound of flesh from Antony’s body. The Duke and Portia persuade him to forgive Antony and show mercy, but Shylock is not prepared to forgive Antony. Portia then asks him to cut a pound of flesh from Antony’s
body with this condition that he should not shed a single drop of blood as this would violate the terms of the bond. This makes him realize that he should have forgiven Antonio.

This leaves no doubt that a person becomes a tyrant without this divine quality of forgiveness. Dag Hammarskjold aptly comments: “ Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.”

Thus we see that that forgiveness is the highest form of love. To get inner peace and happiness we should forgive our friends if they have broken our hearts. We should refrain from brooding over the past wrong committed by a person against us. In fact, the greatest blessing of the Almighty Lord is Forgiveness.  

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