Luke 11: 4 “Forgive our sins, as we forgive everyone who has done wrong to us.”
The world wakes this morning to another tragedy.
“The family of British teenager Nora Quoirin, whose body has been found in Malaysia, have said their “hearts are broken”. (BBC)
Every day there are wrongs done to people. You may be reading this carrying such a horrible weight of wrong that has been done against you.
There are unbelievable tragedies today. There are many victims. Since the beginning of time God has seen what mankind can to each other. “The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10).
God has given mankind the freedom to choose.
We choose to love which blesses or we choose to sin which hurts.
Today you may be the victim because someone made the wrong choice.
When we are the sinner we cry for mercy. But the natural response when we are sinned against is to cry for justice.
The blood of Abel in Genesis 4 cried for justice. It was a prayer of ‘Get him God.’
The blood of Jesus is not ‘Father get these murderers’ but “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
What name needs to be mentioned that would cause you to react with? They may have died years ago. The event is not far from you. Is there unforgiveness still there?
Eva Mozes Kor died in June of this year as she was once again visiting Poland. She was a survivor of Auschwitz. “Forgive your worst enemies,” Kor said in a video recording of her last visit to the Auschwitz Museum posted to its official Facebook page. “The moment I forgave the Nazis, I felt free from Auschwitz and from all the tragedy that had occurred to me,” she added. Eva and her twin Miriam were cruelly experimented on by the ‘Angel of Death’ Josef Mengele but survived until the liberation of the camp in January of 1945. They lost their parents and two other sisters there. Before she died this year Eva was filmed at the site and she told of how she forgave Mengele:
“After we were set free I went home, closed the door and picked up a dictionary. I wrote all the nasty words I could find from the dictionary and spoke them out clear and loud. I then said “In spite of all that I forgive you.” I found that as a little victim I had power over the Angel of Death and I wasn’t hurting anybody. I had an interesting thought that he could never change my forgiving him. I am in charge of it. It was a very powerful feeling. If I can forgive him I can forgive anyone who ever hurt me.”
Who still needs your forgiveness?
Do it now and then ask the Father to forgive you your sins.