There’s no guarantee that forgiveness will change the past, yet, I can assure you that it will reposition and enlarge the future better than hatred and unforgiveness. Hate is no match for forgiveness.
Somewhere in the wilds of Kurdistan, an extraordinary thing happened. A man killed another in an argument. The murderer immediately fled to the mountains. He was aware that the victim’s son would not rest until the blood feud have been avenged. And, true enough, the avenger went after the murderer.
Fresh signs repeatedly showed the hunted criminal that the avenger was close on his heels.
One day, the culprit was asleep from exhaustion in the shadow of a tree. He awoke suddenly with a tremendous shock: he felt a hand on his shoulder. Opening his eyes, he saw the face of his pursuer. “Are you my father’s murderer?” asked the latter?
“Why try to escape? I can go on. Yes, I killed your father. Now, kill me!” Strangely, the pursuer’s face brightened: “Listen! I am a Christian, and I know how estimable and important forgiveness is. I have been chasing you for weeks to tell you that I am ready to forgive you. I needed to tell you that hate is no match for forgiveness. I need you to come back home and live in peace.”
Many of us today are like the murderer. We run from our guilt, sins, and mistakes. We put off thinking about God. We do not want to be reminded of our guilt and our responsibility towards him. That, too, is an attempt to escape from our righteous God and his punishment.
God cannot overlook any sin. Yet, our running won’t make him overlook them anyway. So, stop running. Bring your sins before God. Confess it all to him. He won’t love you any less. God offered his only son as a sacrifice for our sins.
And he is still pursuing us with the offer of full forgiveness to date.
God love you.
Blessings and Love ❤️
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