I’d like to talk about the late Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of nonviolence and truth as it relates to forgiveness and reconciliation. Gandhi’s idea of forgiveness and reconciliation worked hand-in-hand. For Gandhi, the idea was not forgive and forget but rather forgive and remember. This idea can be a freeing and liberating experience because a person should not be held prisoner, nor allow themselves to be victims because of past injustices and wrongs. Gandhi emphasized this in his writings and in his actions. Gandhi used the idea of forgiveness to reach reconciliation, which for him meant restoring harmony in your life.
Incidentally, this is in keeping with the Christian ideals of harmony. We read in Ephesians 4:31-32, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (ESV). It’s interesting that so many people who claim to be non-violent and open minded; who demand forgiveness or claim “you can’t judge me”, seem hell-bent on hurting someone at the slightest grievance.
I do believe it’s time to turn on some Harry Connick Jr or Michael Bublé and have an adult beverage. Peace to you all and good night.