Monday's devotion was led by Graham

Having just come back from Serbia it made him aware of the sad history of the country that sometimes makes people act in a way that is hard for us to understand. We recently received a letter from a supporter of disapproval based on strong feelings and emotions. Having not experienced the same things it can be difficult for us to understand their strength of feelings and the thought process and behaviour. Here in the UK we haven’t had to endure any of these kinds of issues.

It can be difficult, perhaps impossible, for us to understand why humans can treat other humans in such appalling ways, as has been done in conflicts for example- what can get in people’s heads that can make them behave in such a way?


Colossions 3:13 says Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you, but it is often far easier said, than done.


We were shown this video, from a Holocaust Survivor - 



 


Graham read us the story of Jasna, who suffered terribly during the Serbian War, https://www.theforgivenessproject.com/jasna and how she feels you must also learn to forgive rather than focus on hate. Hatred is such a fertile soil for negative emotions. The power of forgiveness is very strong.

When you come towards the end of life forgiveness is often key to having peace. In our projects lots of patients tell of stories of hardship and regret and Graham feels particularly moved when these people say they forgive. Sadly though, on occasions others are going to death with these same feelings who feel they can’t forgive