Forgiveness is not always easy to give. But it is important that we do not spend our lives harbouring bitterness. Please watch these three amazing videos.
Gary Ridgway was convicted of murdering 42 woman. He actually confessed to killing twice as many women. Watch what happens as the families of the murdered people confront him.
Sometimes we are hurt by the very people that are supposed to love us. Watch the interaction between a father and a son.
This is the craziest story I have heard about forgiveness. Pastor Mark shares a story about what he came across in his visit to Rwanda.
Why we should strive to forgive
Jesus explains it well in this scripture.
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone[a] who sins against me? Seven times?”
22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven![b]
23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.[c] 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.[d] He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters[e] from your heart."
We, as Christians, have been forgiven a lot. The cost of one sin earns us an eternity in hell. Our debt to the Lord cannot be paid by us. God being loving chose to show us mercy because He felt pity for us. When we do not forgive, we are not showing others the mercy that the Lord showed us. We have wronged God more times than anyone has wronged us. We need to learn to show others mercy just as He has showed us mercy.
"We do not fight evil with evil because that way evil will win. We fight evil with love because love never fails." - Lecrae (I think)
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