Impact: Forgiveness (Day 6)

It was January 2013 when I got the call.  The car accident was really bad. I got to the hospital just in time to pray with the family before they life-flighted her to Wichita. My friends from high school and now fellow church members and family friends had no idea their day would be like this.  At that moment, I didn’t know how she would be by the time we made it to Wichita. 

Little did I know that things would turn out amazing! Despite the major head trauma, days in the hospital, physical therapy, and thousands of dollars in medical bills she made a full recovery. But in this case the full recovery doesn’t just mean physical recovery. 

It would have been so easy to be bitter, unforgiving, and vengeful. It was only natural really. So when she could have laid on guilt or planned ways to pay back, no one would have blamed her!  You can imagine my surprise when she said she was meeting with the person who ran into her car that day. Not to lash out, but to come alongside someone who was struggling thru life with addictions and hang-ups.  She didn’t want to just be that person that was hurt in the wreck. She wanted him to see Jesus through her.  

I don’t know about you, but I love stories of forgiveness. There’s something incredible and unique about each one. Maybe I’m drawn to them because I’m aware of what forgiveness means in my own life. God could have been vengeful for my sin that put His son on the cross, but instead he came alongside me through my addictions and hang ups in life. Next time you have the opportunity to choose bitterness or forgiveness, can I encourage you to consider what Jesus did for you.  

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NLT

-Doug Songer