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Devotion day 25

DAY 25


Ephesians 4:30-32

I’ll never forget the day I heard so clearly “you find him” from the Lord. All of a sudden, I responded to the Lord with a combative spirit. “No, I won’t” was my immediate response, “find someone else!” That debate lasted about as long as an Indiana springtime. My brother-in-law, Jim was a runaway, a prodigal. He was running from God, his family and himself. I found him living in a very low rent apartment in an undesirable neighborhood in Ohio. Did I tell you that his dad, Judy’s dad, was in Tennessee lying on his death bed. We bought a plane ticket, worked out all the details and got him to his mom & dad’s home.

After several years of separation, he quietly stepped into their apartment and was reacquainted with godly parents. My struggle with helping in this situation was due to “abuse” toward my wife as a young child. There were times I had murder in my heart toward Jim, and it was stealing my peace. But I didn’t know that! How many times we hold on to unforgiveness not knowing we have placed ourselves in prison and the offending person also. Back to him and his parents! I will never forget what he said at his father’s funeral, “I found life in a dying man’s room.”

Not only had he been set free, but I had also!

“The ultimate proof of total forgiveness takes place when we sincerely petition the Father to let those who have hurt us off the hook – even if they have hurt not only us, but also those close to us.” – R. T. Kendall

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