Some people like to collect coins. Some like to collect stamps. Others like to collect comic books. Me? I like to collect quotes. I write down my favourite quotes on a piece of a paper and keep adding to my list as I go along. The quotes I collect aren’t necessary specific to marriage or relationships, sometimes they are just about life in general. The other day, I came across this quote:
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Alexander Pope is credited with saying these words, but according to the movie I was watching, the “big man upstairs” is the real author. In other words, the quote is biblically based.
So what exactly does it mean to forgive someone? “The word ‘forgive’ means to wipe the slate clean, to pardon, to cancel a debt. When we wrong someone, we seek his or her forgiveness in order for the relationship to be restored. It is important to remember that forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven. Instead, it is an act of love, mercy, and grace.” (Definition taken from allaboutgod.com)
Forgiveness is essential if a relationship, any relationship, is to move forward. That part I get. Forgiveness is also what allows a marriage to stand the test of time. I fully agree with this. What I have a hard time wrapping my head around is the latter half of this quote (especially since I’ve been on both sides of the forgiveness equation and find it difficult regardless of which side I’m on!)…So I’m asking you. Is the decision to forgive seem almost divine like to you?