There are a lot of factors in our decision-making, words and actions. Ignorance, weariness, rashness, carelessness, thoughtlessness and fear are only a few factors. We say that to err is human, and we would all agree with that. However, to blame someone or something else for our errors seems to be even more human. Adam and Eve show the all-too-normal human thought when they were confronted with their error (Genesis 3:10-13 Genesis 3:10-13 10 And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded you that you should not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
American King James Version×).
The other part of that saying is, “to forgive is divine.” That does not come easily to us, but it is something our Creator demands of us (Matthew 6:12-14 Matthew 6:12-14 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
American King James Version×). Jesus said to become perfect as God is perfect (Matthew 5:48 Matthew 5:48Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
American King James Version×). God forgives when a man truly repents. It helps to remember that we have erred and needed to be forgiven by others and by God. Knowing that, we can begin to practice leaving room for the errors others make. Even if a formal forgiveness is not possible or needed, putting revenge out of our hearts is healthy for us. Some things are best left in God’s hands—just as our personal sins have been left there. This is a big, but important subject.