Everyone is sure that the Bible is full of messages about forgiveness, but when it comes down to it, few people can identify exactly what the text actually says about it.
The first thing someone calls out is usually “70 times seven,” a reference to Jesus’ instruction to his disciples that they must forgive without bound. Next, students mention the Lord’s Prayer, citing the verse, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Often there is a lull at this point, and then someone remembers Jesus’ words from the cross, “Father, forgive them.” With most groups, the discussion falters here.
Let’s read Chris Williams story.
It was a cold night in February 2007 when the car holding Chris Williams and his family was hit by a 17-year-old drunk driver. Immediately, Chris checked on his children in the back seat and quickly realized his 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter had died. Then as he watched, his pregnant wife sitting next to him exhaled for the last time. Meanwhile, Williams was in so much pain he could barely move his arm to turn off his car’s engine.
However, before he had even been rescued from his car, Williams told the Deseret News he had this thought:
“Whoever has done this to us, I forgive them. I don’t care what the circumstances were; I forgive them.“
He proved as good as his word, going on to publicly forgive his family’s killer and developing a relationship with him and his family.
Today, Williams is a motivational speaker, sharing his incredible story of healing and forgiveness and inspiring others to extend mercy and forgiveness as well.
I cried when I read this story. How many of us can be like Williams and follow what the Bible says about forgiveness? It is hard to forgive, bug we should also think about Jesus what he said before He took the final breath.
May the Lord give us the spirit of forgiveness in Jesus name. Amen!!!