Forgiveness On Display

Our nation is in the process of facing so many critical issues that it is time to end the discussion of misbehavior at the Oscars. As human beings, we are all guilty of imperfections in our own lives (John 8: 3-11). The scriptures tell us that all have sinned and come short of God’s glory or perfect will for lives (Romans 3: 23). A heartfelt apology is given and should be respectfully accepted. Along with the apology, there should be the intention of never repeating the behavior by either party involved. It is incumbent upon men and women of professional standards to behave in what is becoming their station and to be more sensitive to each other’s feelings.

Let us remember our Lord’s response to issues of forgiveness. When Peter asked Jesus, how many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, “I tell you, not unto seven times, but, until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18: 21-22). Our Lord gave us the commandment to love the Lord our God with all thy heart and love thy neighbor as thy self (Mark 12: 31).

This situation brings to mind a song composed reportedly by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and sung by Dionne Warwick, “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which is most relevant today. We need to love each other and see everyone as our neighbors. But unfortunately, love is still the most important thing that the world lacks!