I Can’t Forgive My Parents!

I was visiting with a sick, elderly friend. I never knew her to be a follower of Jesus,  yet she expected to go to heaven someday.  She told me the two people she did not look forward to seeing in heaven were her parents!  “They were abusive and unloving.  I hated them when they were alive. I can’t forgive them!”

Wow! What strong language!  I asked if she knew how they were raised.  She didn’t.  I suggested that perhaps they both grew up in difficult circumstances and then raised their children the only way they knew.  I reminded her that Jesus once said we must forgive others, if we want God to forgive us.

She held firm—she would not forgive them.

I asked, “How long do you think heaven will last?”                                                                       “Forever.”                                                                                                                                              “And how long do you think this life will last?”                                                                               “Not much longer now.”                                                                                                                      “Then your parents must be very important to you.”                                                                   “No they’re not!”                                                                                                                                     “I think they are.  If you are willing to risk giving up eternity in heaven because of them, then they are VERY important to you.”

She teared up,  “What should I do?”

“Jesus loves you.  He died for you. He wants you to be with Him in heaven someday.  He knows all the hurts and heartaches of your past. He knows it all. He also knows how difficult this is for you.  First you need to ask Him to forgive you for all your sins and to be your Savior. When you do that, you will receive God’s Holy Spirit and forgiving your parents will become easier.

“If you still have trouble forgiving them,  ask God to help you.  He will help you do it.  Once you forgive your parents you will then experience God’s peace, joy and love.  Would you like me to pray with you?”   She nodded.

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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