General Robert E. Lee’s forgiveness
After the battle of Gettysburg a wounded Union soldier looked up to see General Robert E. Lee riding by. The soldier raised his hand in defiance and shouted, “Hurrah for the Union!” Lee looked at him and dismounted. The soldier later recounted that he thought Lee was coming to kill him. Instead, the general came over to the soldier and said, “Son, I hope you will soon be well.”
The soldier later wrote, “If I live a thousand years I shall never forget the expression on General Lee’s face. There he was, defeated, retiring from a field that had cost him and his cause almost their last hope, yet he stopped to say words like those to a wounded soldier of the opposition who had taunted him as he passed by.”
Long before Gettysburg, another man looked upon those taunting Him and said, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34). Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:21-23 that it is this One who has left us an example to follow in His steps and that being reviled He did not revile in return.
Leave words of healing and compassion to those who may not be kind to you. Be the example of Jesus to others as you learn from Him the lessons of life.