Pondering Forgiveness

sign-forgiveI read a tweet today that said, Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.

It then caused me to ponder these thoughts..

A freight train of unforgiveness has the power to derail not just the one who caused it, but even more so, the one who withholds it. ‪#‎JustDoIt‬

One can simply not just say the words forgive me, but rather beyond this, reflect the words forgive me. #action #transform

There are 3 words that have the power to move mountains this side of heaven. I FORGIVE YOU. Have you one to forgive? #DoIt

And then I read this which frankly is the very posture for that which I just wrote:

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” – Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

Part of this new life I am experiencing requires two things when it comes to forgiveness.

  1. Accept forgiveness
  2. Reflect transformation

And/Or

  1. Offer forgiveness
  2. Reflect mercy

Both have One thing in common that is absolutely critical to making this all reality and not theory…

  • Must Be Powered by God. On my own, I am simply not capable. But only God has the power to transform a heart to a place where these actions can indeed, move mountains.

I often times remember the story of my friend Emmanuel who had 35 members of his own family brutally murdered in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. In three months, one million people were killed. Neighbors killing neighbors. Tribes killing tribes. It is unfathomable to think what experiencing this would be like.

My wife now visits Rwanda each year working with the widows and orphans. For a country with such tragic history, forgiveness is the only path forward. Reconciliation can be the road less traveled, but it is in this case, the road must traveled.

My friend Emmanuel never wanted to return to Rwanda. The pain was too deep. But while returning to Rwanda after the genocide, he saw the scores of street kids who were orphaned with no place to go, but the streets to survive.

Emmanuel had seen, he could not look away.

Being called to return to Rwanda and reach out to help bring care to the street children, Emmanuel’s heart was struck. He too knew that he had to find a way to reconcile what had happened and begin to pick up the pieces of such severe tragedy.

But how?

Emmanuel visited the prison one day where many of the people he grew up with were placed. These were the same people responsible for killing many of his family members. His message that day was forgiveness.

He through the power of Christ had found the ability to forgive. And in response, thousands came to know the love of God that day.

In his own words as he shares it for a promo for the Fire Bible. This is a video I put together 4 years ago. (*though the film shares feeds for Fire Bible on Facebook and Twitter, they are no longer active., but the story featured… is still very much happening.)

He has, can you? Will you?

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