The Healing Power of Forgiveness


“Cry for help, but will anyone answer you?  Which of the angels will help you?  Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.”  “If I were you, I would go to God and present my case to him.  He does great things too marvelous to understand.  He performs countless miracles.”  Job 5:1-2,8-9


There were many Sundays that I sat in the church pew not feeling good about myself.  I felt rage and resentment towards a particular person.

I knew I should forgive the person because that is what the sermon told me. But I was stubborn.  I couldn’t stand hearing this person’s name.  If the person was talked about for any length of time, my blood would boil inside me.  The stress from this began to take a toll on me.  My blood pressure was going through the roof.  Something had to give.

That’s when God spoke to me.  He opened my eyes and told me that this person needed a mentor.  The role model he had was a manipulator who abused him verbally and mentally.

That’s when my whole attitude changed.  I began teaching him little things involving him in things, including family decisions.  Most of all, I started being a friend, someone he could depend on no matter what.

Recently, I invited him to join me, my wife, and two granddaughters on a family vacation to California.  It was a trip of a lifetime.  We enjoyed every day together.  Our bond was nurtured and our relationship strengthened.

We had an awesome family Christmas together.  For a present, he gave me a dog tag that read – “I am so grateful to have you as my Dad.  You are an amazing man.”  It blew me away.  I never expected anything like that.

In closing, let me just say that with God, no matter how bad things seem at the moment, with God anything is possible.  His power can and will change, renew, and empower you to be a new creation capable of loving your enemy.


Jan 2019

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