40 Year Forgiveness

…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Matt 6:12
I have debated on this particular Morning Thought; just how to word it. I come to the conclusion that transparency will be my method.
When I was very, very young my mother would babysit for a couple that had much older children; a boy and a girl.
To make a long story short, I was molested by the boy. This caused me lots of conflict and problems growing up.
And predator’s begat predators and that brings me to my actions as a young man.
I cannot excuse the actions that I took against another person; I confess them.
The good news is I have just recently been able to ask the person I did this sin against to forgive me.
This has been hanging over my head for 40 years but now it is gone, forgotten, and forgiven.
This person not only forgave me but said how proud they are that I am a pastor now. Jesus has forgiven me and delivered me from any more problems, addictions, or sin caused by my previous actions.
That’s a great start but what about the young man that molested me?
The word of God says in Col 3:13, make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
There was a time I would have tried cause that person harm. But as Jesus became Lord of my life I became more convicted that I should forgive him.
I can only do that in my heart. I found his sister on Facebook one day, not too long ago, and I asked her about her parents and brother.
They are all gone.
So I move forward because there are plenty more people I need to ask forgiveness and plenty I need to forgive.
I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him.
I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes. 2 Cor 2:5-11

2 thoughts on “40 Year Forgiveness

  1. I am so sorry we have some things in common. BUT GOD, O I love that, But God turned it for good. I have ministeried to others & helped them find their healing in Christ.

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  2. Too many go through life not being able to forgive or forget what happened to them. Only thru the ministry of our Pastor and the Holy Spirit was my late wife able to get thru a similar situation. You commented that the description of her at her memorial service was much different that your memories from our days at the Radio station. she finally understood that God loved her.

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