WEDNESDAY
February 20, 2002
volume 13, no. 33

They know not what they do
        "The inspiration for the kind of love that loves the sinner, but hates the sin is the Love of One Who came to this earth and gave up His life that we might live. When He was unfurled on the great Cross, He did something that had never been done before in the world. As a tree will sometimes bathe with perfume the axe that cuts it, so He let fall from His lips for the first time in the hearing of men the words 'Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.' 'Forgive them' - the neighbors, everybody, you and me.

        'Forgive' - Why? 'Because they know not what they do.'

        When someone else does us wrong, we say, 'He should have known better.' Yet He, with His Divine Wisdom, said 'They do not know what they do.' He Who knows all things finds excuses for forgiveness: 'This is the greatest love a man can show, that he should lay down his life for his friends.'

        The love of God is something like the sun. Those who come very close to God enjoy both the Fire of His Love and the Light of His Truth; those who refuse to come near to the Heat of His Love nevertheless enjoy the Light of His Truth."


February 20, 2002
volume 13, no. 33
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