David Brainerd had a victory of forgiveness in his own life that preceded his life of prayer and his powerful ministry among the Indians. He had been expelled from Harvard for a fairly mild criticism of a professor that was needlessly repeated by others. One of the tremendous victories of his prayer life was the conquest of his own disappointment and bitterness at the experience. Here are his own words at the consequence: “O it is an emblem of heaven itself to love all the world with a love of kindness, forgiveness and benevolence; to fee our souls sedate, mild and meek; to be void of all evil surmisings and suspicions, and scarce able to think evil of any man upon any occasion; to find our hearts open, simple and fee, to those that look upon us with a different eye!”
The path of forgiveness is a path to the joy of Christ.