Now for my testimony. One day on the way home from shopping I crossed the road and headed toward home. As I crossed another road I noticed my ex-boyfriend (from a number of years ago) who for several years had abused me within the home, both physically and psychologically. As I continued to cross the road I looked at him directly in the eyes and I cautiously said to him; ‘hi, how are you?’ In reply he asked if I would like him to walk me home. I felt calm and for the first time I didn’t feel like I was walking on eggshells so I agreed. He asked me questions about my current relationship to which I informed him had recently ended. As we were talking I calmly explained to him that he had treated me very badly and that I was now living back in the safe haven of my mom and dad’s house.
When I was asking for forgiveness I felt God speak to me saying; ‘forgive him as I forgave you of your sins. If you don’t forgive him I cannot forgive your sins’. Obviously when my ex-boyfriend also agreed to forgive me I was elated. He was also very happy and we both hugged and I kissed him on the cheek as we parted company. I walked away feeling as light as a feather and inexplicably happy. God had once again showed me what to do and therefore lifted my burdens. Psalm 55:22 ‘Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken’ and 1 Peter 5:7 ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’.
My conclusion is this; when I first saw my ex-boyfriend across the road I thought to myself ‘that’s strange, why is he here?’ It was as though he had been placed there. I realised that God’s hand was on this situation from the very start and that He was providing an opportunity for me to be able to forgive and to also experience forgiveness. In the words of Jesus himself; Matthew 6: 14-15 ‘For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins’. I have felt comfort, peace, tranquillity and awesomely calm ever since God provided me with this opportunity. Amen.
Dear Lord, there is a lot of un-forgiveness in the World. Lord I pray that we can find strength, love and patience for one another. I pray that we forgive each other in the way you forgave us. Lord I pray for our enemies as well as our friends, family and whoever we need to forgive. Lord may we be able to say ‘I am sorry please forgive me’, as well as being able to say ‘I forgive you’. I pray that you can soften the hearts of the people who have hardened their heart. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Ephesians 4:32 ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you’.
Author: Juliet Jones
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