An Amazing Story of Forgiveness

November 29, 2008

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.'” – Matthew 18:21-22

Chuck Colson tells about an amazing event that occurred at one of his prison ministries. In this program, prisoners who come to Christ go through an eighteen-month discipleship period and then have a graduation. When one of the prisoners came forward for recognition, a very stately woman rose in his support. She was the mother of the young woman the prisoner had killed fifteen years before. The man had denied his crime for all those years, and then he came to Christ and while going through this discipleship program, became convicted of his need to come clean with both God and his fellow man. He confessed the crime and then asked forgiveness from the victim’s mother.

But that’s not the amazing part. You see, even before that woman received his letter she had called on the Lord to help her forgive. And in that graduation ceremony, this woman stood beside the man who had murdered her child and announced, “This is my adopted son.”

My friends, that’s what real Christianity is all about. When we are reconciled with God through faith in Jesus Christ and confess our sins, then the Holy Spirit blesses us with a supernatural power. That power causes us to seek to be right with our fellow man, even those who have horribly wronged us.

Do you have the supernatural power of Jesus? It’s yours for the asking. Why not ask right now?