“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,” so goes the LORD's Prayer.
Jesus elaborates – that our forgiveness of others seals God’s forgiveness to us. To not forgive another is to reject God’s forgiveness for ourselves.
This morning, a picture: a young man in northern Uganda, staring at the camera, his disfigurement apparent. Kidnapped by a warring faction that cut off his ears, nose, hands and part of his lips, he says, “I was angry about what happened to me and bitterly against any amnesty. But now I know we’ll never have peace if they [his kidnappers] don’t come out of the bush. And they won’t do that unless we forgive them.”
Coming from anyone else, I might dismiss such words as armchair blather, but John Ochola speaks out of the depths of his suffering and anger.
A handsome young man disfigured by tragedy – speaking words of forgiveness to those who hurt him.