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Ephesians 4:32

Posted on 9/11/2014 by Admin

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you

Let’s make no mistake about it … What Ray Rice did was awful, disgusting and irresponsible, but not unforgivable.

Look, we are all simple humans simply trying to survive in this (often times) messed up world.  However, I’ve said it many times … the most powerful tool we possess as humans is the power of forgiveness.  Real love is forgiveness.I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite and say that forgiveness is easy, but when you do summon the power of forgiveness, you strip away the power looming over you (and/or the other person).

I think back some twenty years ago when Rodney King, beaten by police, forgave his assailants.  In his last interview on the Oprah Winfrey show, he passed a short two weeks later, Rodney said, “I did have hate for those cops for a time, but I know the way my mom had raised me.  Because if I walk around bitter and mad, I’m doing the same thing that they did to me and that’s not the way generations are supposed to lead the next generation.”  He went on to say, “I wouldn’t change the beating either because if it didn’t happen to me then it would be a slower process for people being able to get along.  I wouldn’t change the experience for nothing.”  What a beautiful soul.  The act of forgiveness brought tears to just about everyone watching.

Now Janay is publicly forgiving her husband, the same man that delivered the blow rendering her unconscious.  If she can forgive her (then fiancée) husband, then who are we to judge either of them ... the act of judgment should be left up to the only one worthy of such a deed.

 Matthew 18:21-22

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven 

I recently heard a stat that challenged us as Christians …

Less than 3% of Christians have led another individual to Christ.  That is a mind-blowing, low figure, but it shows just how insufficient we all are and just how much we constantly need His forgiveness. 

While driving today, I heard a comment on a local sports radio show, “I always think back to what my father said about these situations … I pray that their kids never make a mistake.”  What insight from someone who understands that we ALL need forgiveness.

I get that athletes are celebrities (like actors) and they are susceptible to the court of public opinion (which everyone seems to have one), but make sure that you have all your facts in line before you cast your stone …

The most recent census (2012) shows the population of the US at 313.9M.  According to the 2013 Domestic Violence Counts National Summary, there were 66,581 victims IN ONE DAY.  That figure represents .002% of the US population. 

According to The Christian Science Monitor, “21 of the league’s 32 teams were involved with domestic violence offenses.”  What was not reported is that only two of those cases led to conviction.  In other words, .001% in an entire year, compared to .002% IN ONE DAY.

And while egregious (and I certainly DO NOT agree with it) let’s not forget that the crime of domestic violence is still considered a simple misdemeanor by our court system.

Perception is not reality! 

 I close with this …

If you have a hard time forgiving Ray Rice or anyone in your life, take a minute to think about what Jesus Christ did for you.  Again, I’m not saying that forgiveness is easy, but hopefully the act of the cross makes it a little easier for you to forgive.

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