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A time for forgiveness

On Jan. 11, I came home from work around 4 p.m. Upon arrival, I noticed that my home had been burglarized. Initially, I was angry and felt violated. Within in the last two months, God has dealt with me about forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the pardon we give others. However, in reality, forgiveness is about what lies within us. I have taken time to reflect, that maybe the person who stole my laptop, jewelry and damaged my property just needed some money for food. With all the economic woes that our country is facing, people are really having difficult times. I am in no ways saying that stealing is right or that way to make it through hard times. Stealing is wrong and violates God’s word.

I have noticed that burglary and crime is on the rise in Decatur County. Dr. Martin Luther King stated that love is the only weapon that will turn an enemy into a friend. We must learn to love each other unconditionally. We must learn to be concerned about all people and the many issues of life.

Psalms 119:71 states that it was good for me that I was afflicted, for through affliction, I learned the statues of God. Looking back, I am thankful for this experience. It has taught me just how blessed I am. Blessed to have a job. Blessed to have food. Blessed to have a place to stay. Blessed not to have to steal. Blessed to just know Jesus.

So, if just happened that the individual who broke into my house reads this, I want you to know that I forgive you. I pray that God will keep you and sustain you. Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Christ. Christ is the answer for all our hurts, sorrows and disappointments. No matter the troubles and trials we face, Jesus Christ is our deliverer. God is our refuge and strength. I hope that these few words of grace will encourage you.

Finally, let me take this time to invite you and yours to my church—Christ Tabernacle Church, 1701 Bethel Road, Bainbridge. Jesus and the saints of Christ Tabernacle love you and are waiting to help you see Christ even in these turbulent times.

Servant of God,Pastor Kelvin W. Wells Sr.Bainbridge, Ga.