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Nelson Mandela’s comprehension and execution of “forgiveness,” changed his Nation and inspired the World!

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Even in death, Nelson Mandela lives on, He looms from the Heavens above!

 

During Nelson Mandela’s trial he gave a speech rather than a testimony and he said;  “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities, it is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

 

Nelson Mandela, Prisoner number 46664, in July 1964, he was sent to Robben Island, five square miles of land floating just north of Cape Town. Robben Island had been the site of a colony for lepers, a lunatic asylum and a series of prisons. It was a place of exile, punishment and isolation, a place where people were sent and then forgotten.

 

Nelson Mandela didn’t only speak forgiveness, he lived it. Mandela said; “To go to prison because of your convictions, and be prepared to suffer for what you believe in, is something worthwhile. It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on earth irrespective of the consequences.”

The Poem that helped Nelson Mandela to “stand-up,” when all he wanted to do was “lie-down.”

 

Invictus

[Unconquerable]

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

By William Ernest Henley

 

Nelson R. Mandela;

July 18, 1918 – December 05, 2013 R.I.P.

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Guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendor!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by sheriffali

Have you ever weighed and considered how great the sins of God’s people are? Think how heinous are our own transgressions, and we will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that our iniquities are heaped upon each other, as in the old fable of the giants who piled Pelian upon Ossa – mountain upon mountain.

 

Consider the aggregate of sin there is in the life of one of the most sanctified of God’s children and attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitude of the redeemed, “a number which no man can number,” and you will have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of the people for whom Jesus shed His Blood.

 

Angles cast their crowns before Him! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround His glorious throne, and yet, God took the form of a servant, and is scourged and pierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing but the blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement for our offenses.

 

Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and Holy God and cry, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that had risen again.

 

While the recollection of our sins fills us with shame and sorrow, we at the same time make it a foil to show the brightness of God’s Mercy. Guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendor!

 

“Search me O God

And know my heart,

Try me and know my anxieties

See Lord, if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me the way everlasting.”

(Psalm 139)

 

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 GUILT JULY 6 2013