Forgive your persecutor

Scripture references

Matthew 5:44 (ASV 1901)

44but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;

Romans 12:17–21 (ASV 1901)

17Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men. 19Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord. 20But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 (ASV 1901)

15See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all.

Stories

Ah Ping was wounded by the rival gang, but refused to let his gang exact revenge. Instead he gathered a few together to pray for the rival gang.
Jacob DeShazer is reminded by the Holy Spirit of his promise to obey Jesus' teachings when he is mistreated by a guard.
Thomas Hale relates the terrible suffering of a Nepalese Christian who would not prosecute those who persecuted and maimed him.
Corrie ten Boom helps an African death row inmate find peace through the power of Jesus to forgive his enemies.
Corrie ten Boom is faced with the most difficult obedience of her life, to forgive the cruel concentration camp guard who tormented her and her sister. Jesus did a miracle in her.