A Forgiving Moment

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The other day, someone came onto my chess page (“playground player” at http://www.chessgames.com) and posted a most insulting comment. I was rather cheesed off, and couldn’t decide whether to ignore it or come back with some devastating reply.

Before I could decide, he came back with another post handsomely apologizing for what he’d said and asking me to delete the comment. I was very glad to receive that apology! And to accept it.

Repentance and forgiveness are a powerful combination. If only we could turn them loose on this fallen world, it would be a little bit less fallen.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

3 responses to “A Forgiving Moment

  • Phoebe

    And your restraint allowed him time for the grace of repentance. I’m taking this as a lesson to myself, since my razor-edged tongue is too often guilty of instantaneous response.

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    • Linda Sorci

      Amen, Phoebe! Usually, I try to restrain myself, but sometimes . . .
      Good for you, Lee! God many times intervenes, allowing us time to re-think a thing, with much better results than we might otherwise have 🙂

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  • Watchman

    Turning the other cheek is probably one of the hardest things to do, but in the end the most effective. This may not have been your original intent, but the result was the same.

    “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.” (Pro 25:21-22)

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