John 12:1-8 tells the story of Mary anointing Jesus and then wiping his feet with her hair. I imagine she was physically a beautiful woman. Amazing is her love and devotion as she kneels and wipes the feet of our Lord with her hair. (Consider how often we bow the knee in prayer and humility?). Yet more than that I see a woman who knew she needed forgiveness. Perhaps out of such power from God reaching into her life and liberating her she might have become a very forgiving person, full of grace and mercy.
Following on from some of the teaching about relationships I found this list of Seven Characteristics of the Most Forgiving People in the World – it is worth thinking about and meditating upon.
The most forgiving people in the world have an exceedingly high view of God.
The most forgiving people in the world trust that God is all powerful, all loving, and always working for his glory and our good, even in the midst of suffering. (Gen. 45:4-7; Acts 2:23-24; Rom. 8:28)
The most forgiving people in the world trust God’s promise that every sin will eventually be fully paid for, either through Christ’s atonement on the cross or through eternal judgment. (Gen. 50:19; Luke 18:6-8; Rom. 12:19)
The most forgiving people in the world see their sin against God and his forgiveness of them as being infinitely great. (Matt. 18:23-25; Luke 7:47; Ps. 25:11; Eph. 1:7)
The most forgiving people in the world see God as the true treasure of forgiveness and will do anything to have more of him. (Ps. 73:25)
The most forgiving people in the world see others through the eyes of Christ. (Col. 1:21-22; Luke 23:34)
The most forgiving people in the world depend utterly on God to cultivate the perspectives and attitudes needed to forgive. (Phil 2:13)