Some of the most difficult time to pray is when you are going through hard circumstances. When faced with great pain, or trial, or sadness it can be easy to turn away from God and look inward. Sadly, this will only result in more pain and greater discomfort.

This week the Victims’ families of Charleston South Carolina offered forgiveness and salvation to the shooter! This act of kindness shown by the families is a reflection of how love can begin the healing process and their faith in Christ. The outcome of this tragedy will be forever in the minds of all of us.

The word “forgive” means to wipe the slate clean, to pardon, to cancel a debt. When we wrong someone, we seek his or her forgiveness in order for the relationship to be restored. It is important to remember that forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven.

Would any of us, after such a horrific loss of a family member forgive the slayer? The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). If we withhold forgiveness to others, forgiveness will also be withheld from us. All of us need forgiveness. Don’t let a tragedy separate you from your faith in your savior.

Post by Len Thicklin


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