very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
synonyms: generous, charitable, benevolent, beneficent, big-hearted, handsome, princely, altruistic,philanthropic, unselfish, chivalrous, noble; More
From the original Latin, the word is derived from magna and animous. When placed together they literally mean large soul.
A character in the Bible shouts out to us for being magnanimous. That would be Barnabas, referred to often throughout the book of Acts. He gave all of his possessions to the Church, hence he really gave them to the Lord, and he did it because he loved God, and not seeking man’s adulation. He trusted the Apostle Paul when no one else would! Hey, like the other apostles, I would have been the last to trust Paul, believing him to be a spy and attempting to infiltrate the church. Praise the Lord for Barnabas and his large soul. Unlike Paul later on, he was quick to forgive John Mark when he abandoned them on a mission trip. What a Godly man.
May I suggest to you that president elect Donald Trump often reveals the same traits. He values loyalty and trust in professional relationships and is quick to forgive. During the Republican primaries, Ted Cruze, Republican Texas senator, said that “No one called The Donald would ever be elected president.” That is typical politics, but there is more to follow. After Donald Trump won the Republican primaries, Ted Cruze spoke on the stage of the Republican National Convention and refused to endorse Trump! He told people to “vote their conscience,” and was promptly booed off of the stage. I thought his political career was over at that point. So what do I learn this morning? Ted Cruze met with Donald Trump for hours at the Trump Tower, and Cruze is being considered as a serious candidate for Attorney General! Donald Trump looked beyond the petty bickering of politics and recognized that Ted Cruze was indeed a man qualified for the job. …And he is. I just learned today that Trump is going to meet another foe in Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney said that Donald Trump was in no way fit to become president, and lacked all of the qualifications. He continued to vilify him further. Mitt was vehemently against Trump’s nomination by the Republican National Convention (RNC), even threatening to challenge it. Now Mitt will also be considered for a cabinet position with this administration. What is truly amazing is that both Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney would claim that they are great moral agents themselves, but at the end of the day, who took the higher road? It blesses my heart to occasionally observe Christian principles carried out in the political arena. We should pray that it happens more often.
New American Standard Bible
“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Romans 12:20
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