Our world is in need of this.
A few days ago I wrote of Eva Mozes Kor who had forgiven the Angel of Death, Josef Mengele. Afterwards I discovered that she had adopted the grandson of Rudolf Hoss, the SS Commander of Auschwitz, “I’m proud to be his grandmother. I admire and love him. He had the need of love from a family he never had.”
Jung Jin-Wook and her husband had been Korean missionaries in Turkey since 2015, they were great evangelists. Then one day her husband, Kim, was attacked in the street whilst evangelising, he was fatally stabbed twice in the chest and once in the back. He was 41 years old. Later she wrote to her husband’s killer facing court: “I do not understand why you did this, but I cannot be angry at you. Many people want the court to give you a heavy punishment. But I and my husband don’t want this. We pray that you become worthy of heaven, because we believe in the worth of people. God sent his Son Jesus, who forgave those who persecuted him. We also believe in that and we pray that you would also repent of your sin.” February 17,2020 (Christianity Today).
The horrendous picture of the naked girl in 1972 running for her life with the other children from the napalm bombs dropped in the Vietnam War went global. But so did her forgiveness of the pilot she met in 1996 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”(Matthew 6 v 14-15)
This is not Father standing over every individual watching to see if they are as quick to forgive as He is to forgive them. Your forgiveness is not conditioned on you being able to buy it through your conduct of others. That’s not it. But it is this ….
If you really have then you will.
If there is nothing there then it is an indicator that you haven’t truly received.
It goes together.
Extreme Love flows through a forgiven heart from a Father who made it all happen.