A Great Man

Peter Robinson, in his recent book “How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life”, highlights Reagan’s character as an influence on those around the President, thus defining public policy during his administration.
A speech writer for President Reagan, Robinson gives an insider’s perspective on Reagan’s achievements. Interestingly, he credits Reagan’s religious faith with the President’s ability to forgive faults in other people. This attitude enabled Reagan to mobilize a diverse and talented team to achieve great things.
A Practice of Humility
For Christians, it is hardly surprising that faith produces a forgiving attitude. “Remembering what God has done for us, in forgiving our transgressions,” the apostle enjoins, “we must forgive others” (Eph. 4:32).
Reflecting on the greatness of God naturally cultivates an attitude of humility which, in turn, leads a believer to be more forgiving of other’s failures. Grudges are, by nature, an extension of pride. Forgiveness, in contrast, is a practice of humility.
True Greatness
Christians, likewise, are not surprised to see humility, which springs from faith, producing amazing accomplishments. When someone looks beyond himself, he is able to become a better person. It is a profound spiritual truth that real greatness comes through humble service. As Jesus told the disciples, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35).
These principles, which Robinson ascribes to President Reagan, actually come from Scripture, embodied in the life and teachings of the Savior. However great a President may be, all men pale in comparison to the example of humble service rendered by the Son of God.
The Lord’s church, instructed by this divine example, should lift our eyes beyond ourselves. Seeking His glory, we should achieve great things in His name.

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