Forgiveness

Sometimes, we are reminded about forgiveness.  Sometimes, something happens and we are reminded the importance of forgiving.  Tonight, during AWANA, we heard a missions story about a missionary that was in the Amazon that was living with a tribe and their normal process, when something happened to them, was to get angry, yell, scream, and punish.  This was done for even the smallest of things.  An example was that the missionary had to travel for a few weeks and one of the men in the tribe wanted to go to the other side of the river and didn’t want to paddle his canoe over.  He borrowed the missionary’s motor from his boat, put it on his canoe, and not knowing anything about about motors, burned out the engine.  When the missionary came home, the entire village was waiting for the missionary to lose it on this guy.  But instead, the missionary forgave him.  Surprised everyone.

Tonight, after AWANA, we were just sitting down to relax and there was a knock on the door.  The neighbor’s dog was attacking our sheep, again.  I had R give me a flashlight and ran out the door to the backyard.  He came out soon after.  The dog got our best female breeder.  We’re not sure she is going to make it.  The neighbor feels awful.  They will be putting the dog down as the dog is no longer safe.  I’m sad for them.  Some may say, “Good, the dog deserves to be put down, and they should be ashamed for not keeping their dog in their yard.”  They had the dog on a chain.  They felt that that was sufficient.  The dog broke the chain.  They couldn’t have known that that was going to happen.  I’m not mad at the neighbor, that wouldn’t help anything.  I feel for them.  I feel for our sheep that was attacked.  I can only hope and pray that she’ll pull through.

Two verses about it:

 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25).

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).  

Forgiveness, it’s worth it, really, it is.

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