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Old 5th October 2012, 11:16 AM
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Could you forgive someone who hurt your child.

I know we are human and God asks us to forgive everyone but seriously could you? If a child was kidnapped and never found could you forgive. Do you think God is asking too much? April Jones a little girl in the UK has been kidnapped and we have heard nothing for 5 days. If you were that childs mother or father could you seriously forgive that man/woman who took her away.
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Old 5th October 2012, 11:19 AM
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I honestly don't think so if someone disrespects my wife I find it hard to forgive so if you take away my child I'm turning into the Jamaican version of taken lol.
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Old 5th October 2012, 11:26 AM
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A few years ago my daughter was hit while running by an elderly lady driving her car not far from our home. The lady told police she SAW the girls running...yet she did not stop her car and kept going even after hitting them and the police did not fault her. My daughter and another girl were both seriously injured and had a lot of emotional issues to deal with afterward. I have since forgiven the lady. It's difficult, but yes, it can be done.
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Old 5th October 2012, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by LilLamb219 View Post
A few years ago my daughter was hit while running by an elderly lady driving her car not far from our home. The lady told police she SAW the girls running...yet she did not stop her car and kept going even after hitting them and the police did not fault her. My daughter and another girl were both seriously injured and had a lot of emotional issues to deal with afterward. I have since forgiven the lady. It's difficult, but yes, it can be done.
Did you forgive that Lady straight away or when your child was better?
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Old 5th October 2012, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Avniel View Post
I honestly don't think so if someone disrespects my wife I find it hard to forgive so if you take away my child I'm turning into the Jamaican version of taken lol.
Im not sure what the Jamaican version is and is Taken a film where the children were taken to another planet where the parents had to give them up.
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Old 5th October 2012, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jacquidube View Post
Did you forgive that Lady straight away or when your child was better?
Not straight away...it took time. Her insurance company kept calling me wondering if I was going to sue them and that first day I really thought I would...but no, I told them I was not going to sue her.

I can't name the day I actually truly forgave her...it was a process for me being the sinful human I am.
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Forgiving is releasing the anger and your "right" to avenge into God's hands--
forgiving isn't wiping the slate clean or sweeping stuff under the proverbial rug.
It's acknowledging the wrong that was done to you by another and allowing
God to avenge the wrong. If it's a criminal offense, then that person faces an earthy judge
and jury as well.

The Bergens are a missionary couple who served in Kenya-- there they were attacked by men with machetes, the wife was brutally raped by the men; the husband nearly died
from his injuries.
The Bergens forgave their attackers; however, the men were tried in court, found guilty and are in prisons. All the men got saved.
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Forgiveness is based on our choice and a decision to forgive, and is not based on our feelings. We decide and desire to forgive, because we are commanded and because we want to please God. Forgiving is not forgeting.
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True we're all humans and it may be hard sometimes but yes i would. BUTTTT....Why would you even think about that kind of event in the first place?? As a son or daughter of God its really important that we get our thinking straight as the bible tells us to. Because as sons and daughters we have supernatural protection from God. The problem is, when things like these happen, we blame the devil or God. But the truth is we bring those problems to ourselves by entertaining thoughts of "whats the worst that could happen?","What if i got into an accident?" ect. So yeah i would forgive if somebody did me wrong or my family but the outcome of somebody kidnapping my little sister or future daughter wouldn't even happen to me because i trust my father. Thats just me....
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LilLamb29, I'm so sorry for your daughter's experience and can appreciate your strong testimony.

I believe in Yahweh's divine protection also very much but things do happen to Christians. There are numerous Biblical examples. I mean look at Paul. I've found King David's example to be very helpful. When David and his men returned to camp and found their dwellings burnt and their families gone and the guys who just fought with him talked of killing him, Scripture states then David encouraged himself in the Lord. (I Sam 30). It doesn't say how but we all know that David was a worshiper - He worshipped Yahweh. Noteworthy to me is that only after he encouraged himself in the Lord, did he asks Yahweh what to do about the situation. What did he realize? Was it that he knew he could hear Yahweh better after focusing on Him instead of the problem? Something else? Also, he was submitted and didn't assume he already knew what Yahweh would want him to do.

Scripture says to forgive so we'll be forgiven (Luk 6). I really need His forgiveness so I have to forgive. It's not easy. I find I have to pray it many, many times before I even get close. Someone said when you can think of the person or event and there's no pain, then the forgiveness is complete. Of course, we know we can't do it without Yahweh's help. As someone posted the other day, there's nothing in Scripture for us to do that we can't do with Yahweh's help. We can forgive because Phil 4:13 says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

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