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Adra
08-07-2007, 05:00 AM
I am president of the Golden Harvesters at my church. We are a group of older Christians that come togeather for supper, fellowship, and to praise the Lord.

Our next meeting is Friday night and I am giving the devotional. Here is the speech that I am giving. This really happened to me.


THE LIBERATING FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS

At one time I worked at a casino, and it was robbed. The man came into the casino and pulled a gun and he put it against my head, and he said he was going to blow my head off. This act that he did changed my life, it changed my life for 5 years because I became almost a recluse. I trusted noone and I did not want anyone around me. In other words he stole 5 years of my life.

Another way he changed me was that he made me hate. Not the hate that people have when they don't like broccoli but that deep hate that eats and grows like a malignant cancer. Daily I wanted him dead, I wanted him to suffer, I wanted his children, parents, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles to suffer. I wanted him to have to watch his family suffer. I cursed him and I hated him and I lived with that hate. The hate was like bars of a prison and each day that I hated, those bars got stronger and thicker.

I look back on that time in my life like I was standing in a swamp with that foul and nasty muck up to my knees, and I knew I had a problem but the hate that imprisined me kept me from doing anything but wanting the robber to be punished.

Then one day God looked around and said it is time to bring this lost child to me. And He called to me and He quickened my heart and I turned around and saw Him and God allowed His Son to shine on me.

God is such a wonderful God, and I love the way that He quided and held me so close to Him during that first few weeks. I was so filled with the joy of being God's child that there was no room in my heart or mind for the ugliness that I had lived with. I was so happy I probably slept with a huge smile on my face, I know that I awoke each day with joy in my heart and a song on my lips.

But the day came when in my mind I stumbled over the old memories of that hate, I immediately cried out to God to help me not think about those things, and He is so good to me that the memories slid away. But they came back day after day and always I would cry out for help.

One day the memories were there and I turned to the Lord and asked for help and I felt in my heart, God said for me to pray for the robber, and like a child I cried "NO, it is not fair, he did something wrong and now you want me to pray for him-I can't" And God understood how I felt, but the next day it happened again. This went on for several days and in time I realized that I needed to obey God. All I could bring myself to say was "God, bless him." This happened for several times. But all of the hate was still there, I was just trying not to think about it.

One day as I was worshipping, I realized that that the very blood that covered me and my sins was also there for the robber. That same blood belonged to the robber, the same forgiveness belonged to the robber, the same love and compassion was there for him. And I was able to see the robber as a child of God, and I cried for him and I cried for his wasted life and for the path that he was walking down and for whatever drove him to go to such lengths to get money that put his life in danger. And I asked God to touch him and give to him the same hope that I had.

When I prayed for the robber those bars that hate built, came tumbling down. They were destroyed by love.

I no longer live with that hate, I no longer want him to suffer. I want him to find God, to have joy, to sing songs of praise and worship.

The Lord has released me from my prison.

Char
08-07-2007, 06:25 AM
Isn't it funny how things turn out... that by letting him and the hate go, you actually freed yourself.

That's very nice... and I understand it completely. I could feel your emotion as I read it.

BeanieLuvR
08-07-2007, 11:40 AM
Thanks for sharing. I had a similar experience of having to forgive so I know how you feel. It was hard to let it go but God told me I had too. I think your speech is uplifting and I feel it might touch someone here reading it. :)

IthinkNOT!
08-07-2007, 12:29 PM
It is strange how I found this post today, it just kinda jumped out at me. I ave been on the phone for an hour with a girl that I didn't know until an hour ago, but I can only say that maybe God brought us together because of similar circumstances from our past. But we were just talking about how hard it is to forgive when things happen. Thank you so much for posting this, and is it OK with you if I print this out and share it with my new friend?

Adra
08-07-2007, 01:54 PM
Yes, please print it use it in any way you think might help someone. I am where I am because God is such a wonderful God.

There is much more to this story and I chose not to put it here but if you would like to read the entire story -I will give you the link to how I went from an athiest to a child of God

IthinkNOT!
08-07-2007, 01:58 PM
Yes, please print it use it in any way you think might help someone. I am where I am because God is such a wonderful God.

There is much more to this story and I chose not to put it here but if you would like to read the entire story -I will give you the link to how I went from an athiest to a child of God
That would be great!

Adra
08-07-2007, 02:14 PM
IthinkNot-I sent you a PM.

Val1
08-07-2007, 02:33 PM
Wonderful testimony to the power of forgiveness! :clap

Adra
08-08-2007, 11:48 AM
Thank you everyone.

lymi
08-08-2007, 06:20 PM
Thank you. I have a few things in my heart that shouldnt be. Maybe I was praying for the wrong thing. I will try your wonderful suggestion

Adra
08-09-2007, 04:50 AM
Good morning,

Tomorrow night is the night that I will be giving the devotional. Us older Christians (actually anyone can come and I do give an open invitation to anyone that wants to, can come and be welcomed by all of us)get togeather and we pray and eat-oh my goodness- the food is just so delicious. I think each woman there trys to outdo the other one. Everything is homemade and banana pudding and fried chicken, and cakes and pies and corn on the cob, etc.

Anyway I was talking to one of my friends about my speech and she said she wanted to video the speech. I was so touched. She said that what I have lived through is inspirational and could be a help to others. So of course I said yes.

God had his hand on me and I want to praise him for protecting me. I did not go into a lot of detail about the robbery but if that robber had sneezed I would have been shot through the head. I am so blessed that God is using me to be a blessing to others.