Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program 150 _151, CT 201243
HOW TO FORGIVE WHEN YOU'VE BEEN OFFENDED
II SAMUEL 16-19
I believe it was Gene Burns one afternoon on his radio program, who
was talking to a South Florida man who was a descendant of General
Robert E. Lee. Burns said that General Lee was one of the five
greatest generals in American history. The gentleman said, "I believe
he was probably number one." Gene said, "Well, we know he was one of
the greatest. Historians would probably say one of the top five."
He said, "You know there's an interesting insight about this man. One
of the things that made him great was that even though he failed, he
was a success. The cause he fought for failed and yet he was a
successful man, generally acknowledged by everyone as a very
successful person, because of the attitude of his life."
That attitude was so clearly highlighted in an incident that happened
after the Civil War. U.S. Grant recognized Robert E. Lee as an
unusual gentleman. And in fact told his men and his generals: "If
any of you capture him, you will not let him surrender. He must not
surrender to anyone. We will make an agreement." He respected Robert
After the war, they asked General Lee to be president of Washington
College, which we know today as Washington and Lee. With only forty
students and five professors, he started the rebuilding of this
University that was so decimated by the terrible, tragic war between
brothers, and began to build it into the fine, reputable institution
ft is today.
In the course of events, General Lee heard that one of the professors
was criticizing U.S. Grant. He called the professor in and said, "I
want you to make sure, Sir, that I'll never hear of that going on
anymore, by you or anyone else on this faculty. There's not room
enough on this campus for anyone who does not have a forgiving s ...
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