Is Forgiveness a Four-Letter Word?

Many of us may lose a mother, a sister, an aunt, a child or a friend to domestic violence.

Someone else may come along and tell us, “You need to forgive the batterer.” However, we may wonder why we need to forgive him after the horrible things he did.

We may secretly hope the batterer gets the electric chair or life in prison without parole and no visitors.

Vivid memories of the tragedy and the abuse that led up to it swirl in our minds.

In Jeremiah 17:9, God tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”

God knew the heart of man and the sins man would commit. He knew what that batterer would do to our loved ones, and He also knew how we would react. Jesus says in Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

It’s not easy to forgive, but it’s not impossible either.

Jesus speaks several times in the New Testament about forgiveness.

It must be that Jesus doesn’t consider forgiveness a four-letter word.

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