EVERY TIME WE RECITE the Lord’s Prayer, we have opportunity to remember that where forgiveness if concerned, “the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38) Archbishop Anthony Bloom tells the story of a French general, Maurice d’Elbee, during the revolutionary wars in France. His men had captured some of the enemy and wanted to shoot them. The general reluctantly agreed, but insisted that they should first recite the Lord’s Prayer aloud. When they came to the words, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” they suddenly understood their situation and, weeping, let their prisoners go free.
What those men understood in that moment was their common humanity with the enemy soldiers. They were in this war together as fellow sinners, and they shared the human possibility of redemption by God’s grace.
“Communion and Forgiveness,” Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table
From page 49 of Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table edited by Thomas Porter. Copyright © 2006 by Discipleship Resources, an imprint of Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
—Luke 6:38b, NRSV
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