Chapter Closed – Forgiveness Given

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; Matt 5:44-45
A chapter in my life has come to an end.
There is someone in my past that I have thought about many times since I became a Christian.
This person caused me great physical and psychological harm.
There was a time in my life I would have like to return that harm in the eye-for-an-eye style but that’s all changed.
Just last week at church camp, I brought up this very subject and my eyes welled up a bit.
What I have wanted to do for several decades is tell him that I forgive him.
It’s been something on my mind and, though I don’t lose sleep over it, it concerns me.
I feel it’s something I really needed to do.
I thought maybe with Facebook I might locate him but I didn’t.
Yesterday I found out why.
Someone posted on Facebook some of the class pictures from my old elementary.
I went through them to see if maybe my class was in any of them.
I wasn’t but I did see a familiar name; the name of his sister.
So I sent an Fb message to her to confirm that she was really who I thought she was.
She confirmed it and told me that her mom, dad, and brother were all dead now.
I see no need in telling her anything and the issue with him is gone.
All I can do is forgive him in my own heart and live out my life in the peace of knowing that I did.
Forgiveness is an essential part of the Christian life; both to receive and to give.
The Bible says for if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matt 6:14
I don’t know if he ever thought about me, if he received Jesus as his Savior; I forgive him.

One thought on “Chapter Closed – Forgiveness Given

  1. I’m so sorry you were hurt! What a relief though to be set free, I understand it.

    One of my family members abused me for many years as a child and teenager. It clouded my life with darkness for years and affected my marriages and relationships and growth as a person. After coming to Christ and learning who I was in Him and learning about forgiveness Jesus Christ began to slowly but surely loose the chains that bound me. Eventually I was able to forgive and life began to be a joy to live. One day many years later, this family member asked forgiveness and I was able to give it. Now by the grace of God we have a good relationship and even enjoy our visits, even though the visits are far and few between.

    I heard someone say one time that “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die” how true it is!

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