To Err is Human – To Forgive Divine

The theme of this post is to exhort and encourage those who may be feeling regret, guilt, and/or disappointments in life. The thought came as I was reminiscing about one of my favourite authors, Alexander Pope (1688-1744), regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the eighteenth century. In his writing An Essay on Criticism Part II, is Pope’s famous line- “Good-Nature and Good-Sense must ever join; To err is Humane; to Forgive, Divine”. Pope was suggesting that all people make mistakes and God forgives them; and so we are acting in a godlike (divine) way when we forgive. 

My longing to write this post is that it reminded me of other powerful words- “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3: 23-25).  Oh, the beautiful and strengthening words, so universal for all who believe!

I have purposely chosen for this post just three men straight from the Old Testament: Abraham, Jacob and Moses. I must also admit a certain degree of hesitation having to suggest few of their  mistakes or shortcomings in their own lives, which may have contributed to my delay in posting. 

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