Hope, Faith, Love, Forgiveness

“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.  Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.  Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.  No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our standpoint.  Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”

Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History, 1952

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4 thoughts on “Hope, Faith, Love, Forgiveness

  1. Forgiveness is a powerful option isn’t and so often we as humans struggle to exercise it. What is virtuous to one person might seem that way to another, rather they might see it as an act of self-indulgence. Interesting thoughts to ponder on Jael….God’s chair as you illustrate is slightly more ostenacious that what I imagined his chair to be like…but then again if you are the maker of all things good you should have a reasonably comfortable seat upon which to rest your Godly bottom.

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    • Forgiveness is my greatest struggle, I confess–and not proudly.
      According to the Bible, God’s throne in Heaven is more gloriously magnificent than anything man can imagine or create. I sorted through various “chair” images, and liked the unique one I use for my header. The original “God’s chair” in my home was a quite modest blue fabric upholstered recliner–and broken, at that. But it symbolized God’s physical Presence, and that’s what mattered to me. That chair went to another home, and I’ve yet to find a suitable replacement–so I’m certain God is sitting at the new dining table I purchased in February 🙂

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