“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.”
Handel’s friend, Sir Hans Sloane, was a thrifty man and a collector of priceless books. Handel loved him and they were very good friends. However, one day, in a thoughtless moment in the midst of conversation, Handel sat a buttered muffin on the cover of one of Sir Hans’ treasured books, which he held in his hand. After a painful silence ensued Handel asked forgiveness for his thoughtless action… Sir Hans refused to accept the apology and the friendship ended, never to be renewed. The buttered muffin had terminated the welcome that Handel had always before possessed.
Now, before we start shaking our heads in disgust for Sir Hans’ action, let us examine ourselves. How many times have we allowed a personal offense come between a family member and us or a friend and ourselves? The Lord Jesus Christ condemned such hardness of hearts, such selfishness, self-centeredness, & love of self! He warned us of what would happen if we continued in our stubbornness to hold bitterness in our hearts and refuse to forgive.
Let us forgive and forget the buttered muffins of others…
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”