Preaching Magazine Illustrations

The preacher used “Forgive Your Enemies” as his sermon subject.  After preaching for 20 minutes, he asked how many were willing to forgive their enemies.  About half held up their hands.  Not satisfied, he harangued the congregation for another twenty minutes and repeated his question.  This time he received a response of eighty percent. Still unsatisfied, he lectured for fifteen minutes and repeated his question.  With all thoughts now on Sunday dinner, all responded except one elderly lady in the rear.

“Miss Jones, are you not willing to forgive your enemies?”

“I don’t have any.”

“Miss Jones, that is very unusual.  How old are you?”


“Miss Jones, please come down front and tell the congregation how a person can live to 93 and not have an enemy in the world.”

The little elderly lady teetered down the aisle, very slowly turned around and said, “It’s easy.  I just outlived them all.”