When you first came into my house, I was overwhelmed. I truly did not know how to react. In fact, my brain had simply shut off. I had never thought that this would happen to me, experiencing a break in and a robbery. But even after it happened, I never imagined this moment where we would stand face to face again, this time equally vulnerable.
Your actions brought new fears into my life that I had never experienced before. You violated my home and my privacy. You not only injured me physically, but also mentally and emotionally. I don’t know why you did what you did, but I know that God orchestrated the event to not only show his power and protection, but also to make both of us better people.
It is by the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus Christ that I can stand in front of you, look you in the eyes, and say this: I forgive you. It doesn’t change what you did, just how I choose to remember it; with no more bitterness. Instead, it’s a memory, a story, something to learn from. No longer will I hold this against you.
However, true forgiveness comes from the Lord who even now is waiting with open arms for you to turn to him. He will forgive you if you truly want it. Forgiveness, however, doesn’t make anyone right. It just makes both of us free.