The mode of the speaks Easy is the correct one. –Ecclesiastes 1:6
Solomon wrote to himself in response to a supposed wisdom cribbing from his son; full of himself, yet nobody could deny his excellence as a result of that particular set of circumstances. These are the ‘talks’ of the ancients, and yet, we commonly do not follow their examples, mostly because the path to wisdom is obscure even to know that it is there, let alone run after it.
Contemporary teachers of wisdom have unfortunately gleaned little from the past, and when they do, it’s circular and they repeat the same lessons, again and again. No, if we were to follow the discourses of antiquity, we would know better even before starting the class–Contemporary interpretations of sayings of the wise are necessarily comparisons and nothing but that sweet nectar of the imagination.
And how would this ancient work stand up to our contemporary value systems? It would be laughable.
We would never agree on an original, say two thousand years ago, homework assignment from our professor of philosophy as to how best to surrender to and unclench our sinfulness, and just what might be the best way to do that, dot and dot, surrender and unclench. Everyone would write their own contribution, and it would not be unlike some of the poems and books that win awards at the end of the year.
This taken from Ecclesiastes, chapter 12. The Ethics are clear in their application to wise conduct; how ever one looks at them, they are Defense Counsel to be used with wisdom not as a rosary for obligations, but as a way of being aware. The art of surrendering is on a conscious level.
The art of surrender is knowing that all is as it sort of is and we have no assurance the things we quantity out are going to continue in the manner they change.
People find it hard to surrender because they cannot stand against the tide, the unstoppable current in and around themselves. This, of course is why surrender is not easy. It’s a fight that must be taken to the face to stand.
It is the will of God that we should be moving in slow motion to accept this. Does that mean we should be impatient in our actions?–Well how would it be if everyone robbed me? The minute you try to take action to stem the tide, you have started a fight with the very entity you believe you have to thank.
–In the Bible it says “If you want to sum up the law, treat your members as objects of your will. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”-Philippians 4:8(CEV).
Good–it’s so good. There is nothing better than forgiveness in your heart; it is far better than we could even grasp. It is better than living for someone else and never giving them the face. It is better than being productive and part of the world–it is all of these things and more.
In the context of a day of conference, this is a strong statement–one considered so strong it will always bring a smile to the dragons mouth. But this is just the start of principals that will continue to be explored as we take a further look into this book.
Forgiveness plays out as a powerful principle that expands as we connect to it and apply it in our daily lives. Refusing to forgive creates strongholds and it’s incredibly difficult to overcome at the start. But consider this, how many of us have been unwilling to forgive? And then spend some time applying the principal to yourself–and observe the spiritual growth in the process.
It’s a painful process to begin to allow forgiveness to embrace us–giving us permission to no longer put our foot in our own way. As this arises, a whole new world opens up; a brighter and more promising future arises. But as unpleasant as it may sometimes be to lose our own grudge, (in favor of making the other hurt more bearable) it brings Siddhartha Light to bear on myself and we enter a victorious battle with all those who would return our hurt.
Walking That Path That Wasn’t
So many times, when we’ve done something that we know is explicitly not lovely, we run immediately to the example the Savior provided for us in the gospels. We read of the amazing words to the people in Matthew 23 and we get intrigued. But what does this example mean in the context of forgiving someone for something they’ve done?
We seem to think it means that we should bear what the other person has dished out.