Forgive others as you have been forgiven
The one issue that most Christians have a problem with is forgiveness. When a person is saved, we accept God’s forgiveness according to the riches of His grace. He not only forgives us, but as stated in Jeremiah 31 :34, He promises to remember our sins no more. In Ephesians 4:32 God instructs us to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave us.
A few weeks ago, a young man shared with me that at a Bible sharing meeting he attended the topic was Forgiveness. He asked, “How can a person be expected to forgive someone if that person had murdered their child?” He was upset and continued repeating that he could never believe someone could be so forgiving.
I then shared the story of a good friend of mine whose daughter was murdered. The man who killed her was arrested, charged, and found guilty. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Within a couple of months, she found it in her heart to forgive him and wrote him a letter sharing her heart and forgave him. My friend seemed to have a hard time believing my story.
The mother of the victim is still living in the area, and I mentioned her name. He knew the family. He said, “I still can’t understand it.”
My closing remark was, “If you’re a Christian, it’s not about understanding, but about being obedient to God’s Word.” We must forgive as God has forgiven us.
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