A pastor in Turkey made headlines when he chose to forgive a group of Muslims who damaged his church.
According to ChristianToday.com, Pastor Matta (whose full name is being withheld for security reasons) decided not to press charges against the Muslim men who broke windows and damaged a security camera at the pastor’s rented church building. The extremists were reportedly angered that the church was leading Muslims away from the faith to Christianity.
“During the trial, the judge asked me whether I am pressing charges or not,” Pastor Matta said. “I replied, ‘I’m not pressing charges because the Lord asked me to forgive.'”
The judge was incredulous that Pastor Matta did not want to press charges, but Matta remained firm in his decision:
“No, I don’t want to; the only thing I want is it to be known that we are not bad people,” he said.
Many news sources reported on Pastor Matta’s surprising decision to forgive. The story ended up drawing an overwhelmingly positive response from the community.
“We praise God because after this attack good reports for us were published in many papers, and some officials came to visit us,” Pastor Matta said. He adds that many were shown that followers of Christ believe in loving their enemies.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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