Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. - Romans 12:17–18
When Adolph Coors IV was a teenager, a ranch hand murdered his father. For years, this horrible event so unraveled Coors that the bitterness shaped his life. Even his marriage fell victim to it. He was still struggling with it when he came to know Christ.
Two years later, his vision of “serving self through power and personal possessions” had been replaced by “telling God’s love story to others.” As a result, Adolph went to meet Joseph Corbett, his father’s murderer, at the Colorado State Penitentiary. But Mr. Corbett would not see him. In place of a face-to-face meeting, Adolph wrote him a letter asking for his forgiveness “for the hatred that I had been harboring for seventeen years. I told him I had forgiven him. As I walked from the prison, I felt God’s love and I was a free man.”
Almost immediately, Coors’s life began to be transformed. Even his struggling marriage began to be reconciled. God began to bless their lives.
When bitterness takes root, we need the forgiveness of God and the power of God to forgive. This supernatural ability can come through the power of Jesus Christ working in your life.
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