***FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO FORGIVE***
So I have something to testify... The part of San Diego I grew up in was not really an easy going neighborhood. I have mentioned that drugs, gangs and violence was all around but there was this one guy who I always just had an altercation with. In high school, we fought at least 7 times and these fights were bad. Been arrested for 2 of the fights we have gotten into and both of us have countless stitches from several. Your could easily say that this guy was my archenemy. Till this day I have no clues as to how it started. Maybe because he hung around with cholos or the fact that I hung around friends that were in gangs was the cause, who knows? We just did not like the site of one another.
Fast forward 18 years... I recently stopped by my parent's house for a visit. On my way in to turn left on a busy intersection, I noticed the car in front of me was not moving and as I took a closer look, I noticed that it was an old lady. So I backed up and pulled my car into a gas station's parking lot. As I stood at the sidewalk waiting for cars to pass, I noticed that this lady was stressed out and in a panic because of the location she was in. I run towards her direction and asked that she stay in the car to avoid being hit by people in a hurry to get somewhere. I noticed that this young man in his 20's was approaching to help just as well. She said that she had run out of gas and has been waiting for one of her sons to go there and was curious just as I was that nobody else besides us came to her aid.
So me and this young man were able to back her car into the gas station and as we were waiting for one of the pumps to open up, a truck pulls up behind us and this man jumps out. As I took a closer look at the person, guess who it was?... It was that him... my old archenemy. She jumps out of the car and says "Mijo, these two nice gentlemen helped me, we're just waiting on the pump!" The second she said that, a pump became available and the 3 of us pushed her car into the spot.
Then the unthinkable happens, he looks down, walks towards me with his hand up, shook my hand, followed by a hug with the words "God Bless You and Thank You!" We use to embrace each other with our fists and because of Jesus Christ, we embraced each other with a hug. That is a true sign that Our Savior Watches over us, amen?
Ephesians 4:31-32 says, "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
The second I jumped in my car I felt the Lord in me like no other because of what just happened. I had to drive down to my favorite prayer spot to pray about what just happened. That is truly something that the Lord asked for and I was part of one of his miracles. Thats what Jesus wants from us. We have to let go of ourselves and just accept him. The moment we do, you will feel that change in your mind, body and soul. The feeling of just doing that is beyond words and unexplainable. Thank you Jesus for that, thank you for all that you do, and thank you for giving the both of us a more mature and forgiving heart. In Jesus name!