Recently, in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom, we witnessed a most powerful “living out” of Matthew 6:14 when the brother of murder victim, Bothan Jean, took the stand at the end of the sentencing faze of convicted murderer, Amber Guyger, and told her that he forgave her and that the best thing that could now happen to her was if she would ask God for forgiveness and to turn her life over to Christ. Then, asking the judge for permission, he stepped down and embraced the one who had killed his brother, and together they wept and wept.
“As you forgive men when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins,
Your Father will not forgive your sins.”
God says if I would be forgiven,
Forgiveness I must show,
For as I’m willing to forgive,
Forgiveness I will know.
But Lord, the hurt, the pain, the scars,
The memories of the past,
They rob me of your healing power,
They hold me in their grasp.
As long as there is bitterness
I know I’ll not be free
To love You as I ought to love,
And let you love through me.
Help me to die to anger, Lord,
And to resentment too.
Help me to reach out now in faith
And give it all to You.
Oh how I need your cleansing blood
To sweep across my soul.
Lord, wash away my doubts and fears,
Lord, come and make me whole.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
Christ died! Christ rose! Christ lives!
And by His resurrection power
I CAN, I WILL FORGIVE.