Saved by Love and Forgiveness

April 9, 2015

Bleeding  hearts

Bleeding hearts

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.  Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.  Nothing we do, however, virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.  No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint.  Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”
— Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History

 

2 Responses to “Saved by Love and Forgiveness”

  1. kittybluhm Says:

    Rosemary, all of the quotes I’ve been saving on my computer desktop seem to come from you lately. Thank you for enriching my life!

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I’ve not thought of Niebuhr for some time. Thanks for reminding me of his work, and for this quotation.


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