The peerless example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá merits close scrutiny in your quest for a sense of forgiveness; His abiding love for humanity, despite its waywardness and perversity, enabled Him to manifest sincere compassion and magnanimity to those who had brought Him distress and hardship. (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 9 September, 1992)
This quote was from a letter written to me, at a time when I couldn’t forgive my parents for the abuse perpetrated on me as a child, yet wanting to “get it right” as a “good Baha’i”. As a result, I researched many stories about how ‘Abdu’l-Baha forgave, which you can read in an earlier posting.
To sum up, He forgave with compassion and magnanimity; He forgave without wanting others to speak about it; He forgave by looking at situations with love; He forgave with kindness; He forgave through generosity; He forgave by giving gifts and He forgave by spending time with them. On the other hand, there were times when He too, ran out of patience. The idea that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá could run out of patience was very reassuring! We’re held to this standard, but He too had His limits.
Knowing different ways on how to forgive, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Learning How to Forgive