“I just wanted everybody to know, to you, I forgive you. You took something very precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul. You have hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. May God forgive you, and I forgive you.” Daughter of Ethel Lance
In the aftermath of the murders of nine Christians during Bible study, one by one, the families of those killed followed the teaching of Jesus; the beginning of healing is forgiveness.
The Greatest Sermon ever given was early in Jesus’ ministry and speaks of forgiveness. The Jews, who had only been taught by the Pharisees, wanted to know if they were righteous enough to enter the kingdom.
Jesus taught them:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3); when we are broken we are open to God’s providence.
“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4); how can one mourn or be comforted if they are consumed with anger and thoughts of retribution?
“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth“ (Matthew 5:5); those who are truly humble and gentle.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6); those who have a spiritual appetite.
“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7); those who extend mercy display God’s mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8); the sins of those who have accepted the pardon that Christ provided on the cross are covered by His blood.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God “(Matthew 5:9); the Prince of Peace offers those who forgive the ultimate relationship.
Dylann Roof was granted human forgiveness. The forgiveness that God extends to an unbeliever is conditional upon his repentance.
With Dylann’s statement “I killed nice people” perhaps repentance is next.
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