Forgiving Our Enemies

August 21, 2009

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us.” – Ephesians 4:32

In 1962 in Montgomery, Alabama, a young, unknown Baptist preacher came home to find a large crowd gathered in front of his house that had just been bombed.

He quickly ran inside to see if his wife and daughter had survived. Miraculously, he found that they had not been harmed. He comforted them before going back outside to the large angry crowd.

They had gathered with chains and weapons to retaliate against the white community for such a despicable deed. He told them there would be no retaliation saying, “Jesus tells us to love our enemies, to forgive those who persecute us. Now go home.” Thus, began the legacy of an amazing man with a unique spirit—Martin Luther King, Jr.

What King did on that occasion isn’t natural—it’s supernatural. The ability to forgive our enemies who have wronged us is often beyond our natural ability, but it is the Spirit of Christ. It is true Christianity. It is a power available to us all and it can change the world.