Transforming power of forgiveness

Scripture references

John 20:23 (ASV 1901)

23whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Ephesians 4:32 (ASV 1901)

32and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.

Stories

Rabi Maharaj and his family became Christians and were astonished at the change and newness of life they all experienced. As Hindus, forgiveness was an alien concept - karma was all they knew. Now as Christians, they were basking in forgiveness.
Heidi was suspicious of Joseph because he had once betrayed her husband. In a remarkable twist of fate, she leads Joseph to faith in Jesus after spending some hours with him.
The families of slain believers in Shinminfu had made a list, vowing to exact revenge for their loss. But as soon as they found grace from God to forgive, that list was "torn to bits and the fragments trampled underfoot".
By exchanging her heavy burden for Christ's light burden, Bilquis found grace to do what she felt was impossible: forgiving Khalid, her ex husband who she resented for the hurt he caused her.