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.Continue reading “To Err is Human – To Forgive Divine”