Transforming power of forgiveness
Matthew 6:14–15 (ASV)
14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 7:47–48 (ASV)
47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
John 20:23 (ASV)
23whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
Ephesians 4:32 (ASV)
32and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.
Even while keeping up appearances by preaching and praying, Rosalind Goforth had secretly given in to the sin of unforgiveness. Her refusal to yield to the Inner Voice of God, instructing her to forgive, eventually left her feeling hopeless, alone, and distant from Him. She remained miserable until, at the urging of a friend to whom she had confessed, she wrote a letter of apology. God’s peace and presence returned.
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.
By forgiving her husband - Taas for his many indiscretions and unfaithfulness, Karen unlocked the transforming power of forgiveness which gave them both another opportunity to rewrite their stories and make their marriage work.
A nominal Christian lived a life that shined out so much that he was called "Lighted Face". His life affected many around him; attracting them to the word of God and leading them to convert to Christ. He soon formed a small band that continued to win others for Christ.
A young lady who had attempted suicide more than once accepts Jesus into her life after hearing Jake preach about how God taught him forgiveness and then replaced his hatred for the Japanese with love.
Tom and Joann Doyle interviewed the Hadads who had a loveless and tumultuous marriage before giving their lives to Jesus. Since surrendering to Jesus, theirs became one excellent example of the transforming power of forgiveness!