Word 4U Today

DO MORE THAN SURVIVE. FORGIVE.

DO MORE THAN SURVIVE. FORGIVE.

In 1977 at the age of 14, Sokreaksa Himm saw thirteen members of his family killed by soldiers in the killing fields of Cambodia. Miraculously surviving the massacre, Sokreaksa swore revenge.

Years later, after surviving refugee camps and roving death squads, the man became a Christian. Through years of Bible study and prayer, Sokreaksa was able to let go of his hatred and desire for revenge. Through the act of letting go in his heart, he found peace.

He describes years of fantasizing about torturing his family’s killers. The pain became like a prison that trapped him. Forgiveness unlocked his cell.

In time, forgiveness opened up channels for, well, the holy power of wholeness and healing. In the years that followed, he developed a new mission; to find and forgive the killers face to face. Eventually he tracked down two of the soldiers in the very village where the murder had happened. God gave him the strength to shake their hands.

We can learn from this story.

Forgiveness isn’t instant – it’s a process.

Forgiveness brings you the healing from pain.

Forgiveness enables you to do things you never dreamed possible.

You’ll survive if you hold grudges against others, you’ll get by – but only just. Forgive them and you’ll thrive. ‘Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will bless you for it’ (1 Peter 3:9 NLT).

What Now?

Go and google this guy (there are YouTube videos and all). His is  an incredible story of forgiveness.

‘…Forgive as the Lord forgave you’ Colossians 3:13 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

July 5th, 2014

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