Have you ever seriously tried to forgive someone who has wronged you? Have you ever seriously tried to be compassionate and patient? Have you ever tried to let Christ’s peace, Christ’s words, Christ’s name be the reality around which you order your life? If you have, You’ll know it’s not easy. It takes serious prayer and real moral effort. And people who engage in that effort tend to be people that are also capable of taking difficult decisions and engaging in difficult activities in other spheres as well.
Excerpted from Paul for Everyone – The Prison Letters by N. T. Wright