Forgiveness and kindness are attributes of the strong, an offering of unconditional love to those who wrong us, an ability to do so because of the life of Christ which indwells. Choose the different path, a forgiveness path that leads to freedom!
Do so by pushing back the dark, that creeping darkness which seeks to fester bitterness in your soul over an act or words, an offense which stirred and the enemy seeks to enlarge. Choose the different path ~ the forgiveness path that leads to freedom, kindness and a love that draws, one that breaks the cycle removing the chains of emotional, mental and spiritual bondage. It not only releases you from its grip, but it impacts the offender. You might not see the results in your lifetime, but God notices and will provide comfort to your weary soul.
Today I heard a true story of a man who was robbed of his wallet at knife point after exiting a train station on his way to a diner that he visited everyday. Upon being mugged and forced to surrender his wallet, he decided to offer his coat too. The robber was shocked and asked why? The man said, “If you’re so willing to give up your freedom and plan on robbing others, then you need a coat to keep you warm.” He proceeded to ask the robber to have breakfast with him at the diner. The robber was shocked and overwhelmed with this man’s kindness and asked why he was so kind. While in the diner the robber noticed that everyone knew this man, that he was kind to everyone, recognizing he had never seen or experienced this kind of kindness. The man responded, “I believe you should be kind to everyone no matter what the circumstance.” Again the robber was moved. At the end of the meal the bill needed to be paid and the man told the robber, “Since you have my wallet, you will need to pay for the meal.” Overwhelmed again the robber handed over the man’s wallet and the man paid for the meal. The man then pulled a $20 bill out of his wallet and told the robber this is for you but under one condition, I’ll exchange for the knife. So, what did the robber do? He handed the man the knife.
Who says the ‘Golden Rule’ shouldn’t be applied or doesn’t work?
And what could have happened if this man retaliated in anger and bitterness, instead of with kindness and forgiveness?
Kindness and forgiveness will always speak volumes, and though I don’t know the future choices this individual made after what clearly was a God moment, a divine encounter, one thing is for sure, this person will never forget this man’s act of kindness and forgiveness!
What is known is the desperation this person felt and for reasons unknown and a man willing to take a risk who displayed wisdom and discernment to see the potential good beyond a destructive bad choice into this person’s bigger story!
So thankful for this man heart and God’s mercy, a grace so beautifully lived out!
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. – Matthew 6:11-13
The Golden Rule: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12
“Forgiveness can only come if we look in the right direction and listen to the right Voice. When our eyes are on the weapons, we react with fear. When our eyes are on the faces of our enemies, we hate. When our ears are listening to their threats, our hearts shudder. But, when our ears are against the mouth of God we can, even in these horrendous moments, experience His love. If our eyes can see the brokenness of our attackers, we can even forgive them, with God’s help. We need to see them as humans, though. We cannot forgive monsters, only fellow human beings.” ~ Excerpt from the book Fearless, Free by Hetti Brittz.
What makes this quote so powerful is that Hetti had just told the story of God’s grace to forgive her attackers after a house robbery where her husband was abducted and she was raped in South Africa in 2010. Hetti is also a fellow freedom climber who trekked Mt. Kilimanjaro with 47 women (including me) for the Freedom Climb (www.thefreedomclimb.net) to raise awareness and funds for those enslaved, exploited and sex-trafficked to be a voice for the voiceless.