So this past Sunday I ended the sermon with a story about Louis Zamperini which I had heard from another pastor I listen to on a regular basis. His story was recorded in a book that recently came out called “Unbroken.” It is a beautifuly story of a man showing mercy and offering forgiveness when he had every right to exact revenge or harm to many different people who had betrayed/hurt him.
We can all learn from Louis’ story. It is after all an example of what Christ has done for us. He has shown us mercy, in other words, rescued us from the punishment of Hell, through His death and resurrection. And Louis’ story is a story we can all relate with. Because all of us have been hurt in some way. We’ve all been betrayed. Lied about. Beaten up. Cheated on. Left. Abandoned. You name it. It’s happened.
The thing we don’t realize is that when we have all these things that we are holding onto that people have done is is just weighs us down. God didn’t make us to live that way. He made us to be free. He made us to enjoy this life, not to be constantly dragged down by the world and all of its evil. When we let sin and revenge (or thoughts of it) lead the direction of our lives we will find ourselves much worse off. Today God is telling you to let go, to forgive, and to give mercy to someone who doesn’t deserve it. Can you do it? I know it’s hard and it’s not fair, but it’s what God asks. And it’s what He’s done for you. Say this prayer if you are ready:
“God, I forgive ___________ for doing _______________to me. I no longer want to be defined by that or let it ruin my life. I release it. And I want to live by mercy. God, thank you for your mercy. It is new everyday for me.”
I know that wasn’t easy and it never will be. If you need to talk to someone about what you are going through or struggling to let go of, I’d be more than happy to. You know how to reach me!