In Mark Twain’s, Huckleberry Finn, Huck is told that if he doesn’t turn in his friend, a runaway slave named Jim, he will surely burn in hell. So one day Huck, not wanting to lose his soul to Satan, writes a letter to Jim’s owner telling her of Jim’s whereabouts. After folding the letter, he starts to think about what his friend has meant to him, how Jim took the night watch so he could sleep, how they laughed and survived together. Jim is his friend and that is worth reconsideration. Huck realizes that it’s either Jim’s friendship or hell. Then the great Mark Twain writes such wonderful words of resolve. Huck rips the paper and says, “Alright then, I guess I’ll go to hell.”
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6 v 12)
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? They may have died years ago. The event is not far from you. Who still needs your forgiveness?
Who is your Jim?