October 16th, 2013
Kite Runner Essay
Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner, talks about two friends, a wealthy boy, Amir, and the son of his father’s servant, Hassan. Two very different lifestyles, ending up to reveal how more similar they are then they thought. “Forgiveness is a form of self-healing; when you learn to forgive someone else, you learn to forgive yourself.” It is human to make mistakes, but to forgive someone of those mistakes, to truly forgive, is really hard to do; it doesn’t come naturally to give or easily made.
Forgiveness requires a certain strength that not many people have; therefore, it makes the strong stand out from the weak. This can be shown in difficult and struggling relationships, biblical principles, and lying to a loved one. For example, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. — Matthew 5:38-42.
God, in His grace, forbid the people in Exodus from extracting revenge on another person. When someone injures you in some way, you don’t want to get even. You want to get even and then Gouge out their eyes and I’ll take both of them! God said, “No!” Jesus goes a step further and tells people to seek neither revenge nor getting even. Jesus says to turn the other cheek. Is He telling us to be pushovers? Not at all! It takes quite a bit of strength to not give in to the desire for revenge. The way of Jesus calls us to show love to our enemies and those who wrong us. We are to follow His example and forgive those who hurt us. It was on the cross where Jesus paid for our sins. He could have called...