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Friday, June 30, 2017
FORGIVENESS in ACTION !
A Guest Post by Bro. Brendon
Recently in a local Plain People community ( Anabaptist/Amish/Mennonite ) a tragedy took place.
As a family
was taking a load of corn in their wagon to be milled, they were hit by
a drunk driver. The father and his young daughter, 13 years old, were
in the wagon. The young daughter was killed in the accident.
She was their only child.
arrested the driver and placed him in jail. The authorities contacted
the parents and the elders of this Mennonite community about legal
in the Name of The Lord JESUS, refused to press charges. The elders and
brothers and sisters backed them and all were in agreement.
The authorities were astounded! They had never seen anything like this.
asked this Christian community to come to the county jail and preach the
Gospel message of Salvation in CHRIST to the inmates which is about 60
or so at this time.
driver remains in custody in that very jail and must listen to the
Salvation message along with the rest of the inmates.
the parents have forgiven the man totally, it may be that the
authorities will press charges against him. But as far as the parents
are concerned, for their part he is forgiven.
DRUNK DRIVER has a decision to make, a decision to make between him and
The LORD. All interference from OTHER humans has been taken out of the
To FORGIVE is INDEED a HARD thing to do and can ONLY be done in The Power of The HOLY SPIRIT, through JESUS CHRIST.
returned good for evil and loved their neighbor as themselves. They
know they will see their little daughter again.
they FORGIVE ? Many church-going Christians would press charges as
“justification” for losing the life of their child. They would think it
their duty to “teach” the drunk driver and ALL POTENTIAL drunk drivers
that consequences follow breaking the law.
parents of the slain children in the Nickel Mines shooting rampage in an
Amish schoolhouse a few years ago, this couple — now child-less — DID
forgive because they had been …
in their daily lives.
that, they had been TRAINED FROM CHILDHOOD to forgive and not retaliate
when wrong was done to them … or to their families … or to their church
How MANY OF US
train our children to forgive ?
to their training, they WATCHED THE EXAMPLES set before them.
Starting with the Elders and Ministers of the church down to the head
of every household, walking towards others in FORGIVENESS was — and is —
part of their Christian witness for JESUS in that church.
In short, they PRACTICE it.
They WORK at it.
They teach FORGIVENESS as a basic, foundational part of Christianity.
As a result, their WITNESS FOR CHRIST JESUS is received into some of the darkest, hardened hearts in the world.
How do we ourselves measure up
in the area of FORGIVENESS ?
Are we GLAD
when something bad happens to someone who has hurt us ? Are we willing
to extend to them mercy and grace … and release our revenge — in word,
deed, or thought — unto The LORD ?
At the Nickel Mines tragedy, the grieving families REACHED OUT to the shocked and grieving family
of the shooter !
Let us search our hearts diligently. Are we ourselves walking in FORGIVENESS TOWARDS OTHERS?
Are we walking in the kind of FORGIVENESS that is found to be PLEASING UNTO The LORD ?
In the strength of the HOLY SPIRIT, we can.
of The LORD+ JESUS CHRIST be with you all…. all who walk in the
FORGIVENESS that Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has granted unto you.