Ok so I couldn’t help myself, but I have encountered a lot of people this month struggling to Forgive some people in their lives and I know it is difficult because their circumstances had serious offenses committed against them. Forgiveness is a difficult path but I would like to share an amazing link for those that have been struggling and it’s from the Forgiveness Project. It’s been a site of so many inspirational testimonies of those who battled with forgiveness…so many of these stories involve, Rape, sexual assault, WWII, Racism, murder, abuse, heinous crimes against humanity…and the list goes on. These stories aren’t the petty stealing from the jar type of forgiveness, they are actually quite harrowing and they can make you think about your own struggles with forgiveness.
Read the Story of Joseph in the Bible who was greatly offended by his brothers who had sold him into slavery and experienced great hardship as he was thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. He had every reason to remain bitter, but he showed mercy and granted grace to his own family that was jealous of him because of his prophetic dreams of him ruling over his brothers and his family that were later fulfilled in order to save his family from starvation. Gods plan was to use Joseph to save his family in the future and they did not realize that was the purpose of those prophetic dreams because they were blinded with envy. Despite the wrongdoing and offenses of his family, Joseph managed to forgive them for all that they had done against Him with tears.
Forgiveness is painful, but achievable. You can Forgive!
‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. [Emphasis added]
Here is another inspirational video about Forgiveness.