Monday, July 03, 2006

A Story of Biblical Forgiveness

I am preaching through the parables of Jesus in Matthew 18-25 this summer at JPBC. Yesterday's message was "The True Foundation of Forgiveness," based on the parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:21-35).
Near the end I included this story of Biblical forgiveness from Eric Wallace's book Uniting Church and Home:

About fifteen years ago, a married man in our church got angry with his wife and shot her in the head. Miraculously the woman survived. Her husband went to jail. Years later, however, the man repented of his sin and asked his wife’s forgiveness. Today they are still married. I know this man fairly well. I remember his telling the congregation about what he had done and how he had given God the glory for reuniting [him] and his wife. This was the most powerful example of God bringing healing and forgiveness I have ever seen. To this day, it serves as a reminder of how great God’s power is, even in the darkest circumstances (p. 181).

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