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7 December 2019

Forgive your enemy

I had a visual of a very old man sitting in an old wooden chair in the middle of an apple orchid. I watched as he separated ripe beautiful apples from rotten ones. There was a massive barrel in the background, that all the apples came from. Then the old man took the rotten apples and added them back to the large barrel. Then he sat and waited for the bad apples to turn ripe again. Some apples would ripen while others became more sour.

For the flawed, the cruel, the greedy, corrupt, and the narrow minded, our father stands ready to give you another opportunity to change your ways, and when you fail, the creator will give you another and another. You will either slide towards him or become more rotten to the core. Life is a lesson and failure is expected. Its through our most epic failures we learn what not to do. Our creator will give every possible opportunity to bring you back to the fold, one lifetime after another, after another. Each life giving you opportunities to change.

Love, compassion, forgiveness is our fathers way. Our creators very blood is love and its through love that our father will bring us closer to his perfection.

So many ask why our creator cursed us with this darkness, why are we surrounded with so much evil. But what if we observed it from an opposite view. What if our place in the universe, in part, is to be the very blessing for that evil. To be that flawed stepping stool back to our creator. To sit by that rotten apple and turn it ripe again, through love, through forgiveness, through compassion.

For those who may doubt, think of the actions of Corrie Ten Boom who forgave her Nazi captors, or the unifying actions of Martin Luther King, or Nelson Mandela’s forgiveness of South Africa’s oppressors. All of them flawed humans like ourselves. All of them sharing their godly love, compassion, and forgiveness, in epic abundance, changing the rotten apples ever so slightly back to ripeness, serving their creator in the most magnificent way.

So I say to everyone be the light in the darkness, forgive your enemy, love all, provide compassion to all life, knowing that you are changing the rotten apples back to ripeness, and remember that in that moment your creator smiles down on you as he waits for change.

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