King Louis XII of France, began his reign in 1494. During the reign of his predecessor, Charles VIII, Louis launched a revolt, was captured and cast in prison in 1488. Louis was kept in chains, tortured and cruelly treated. Later, when he became King, he was urged to seek revenge on those who had abused him.
King Louis prepared a scroll on which he listed all who had perpetrated crimes against him. Then, behind each man’s name, he placed a cross in red ink.
When the guilty heard of this, they feared for their lives, thinking it meant torture and certain death. They were all brought before the King, who explained . . .
“The cross which I drew beside each name was not a sign of punishment or death. It was a pledge of forgiveness extended for the sake of the crucified Saviour, who, upon the cross, forgave His enemies and prayed for them. I extend forgiveness to all and pray for each of you.”
1 Peter 2:22-23 CEV
Although Christ was abused, He never tried to get even.
And when He suffered, He made no threats.
Instead, He had faith in God, who judges fairly.
Ephesians 4:32 CEV
Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others.
Don’t curse each other.
Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others,
just as God forgave you because of Christ.
Romans 12:19 NASB
Never take your own revenge, beloved,
but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written,
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
# An unforgiven sin presents an insuperable barrier to blessing, so the forgiveness of sins is the priceless boon which opens the door to every other blessing. Geoffrey B Wilson
History records those men who were forgiven by King Louis became his most loyal supporters.
# The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness William Blake
This is an amazing example of the power of forgiveness. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks J. An unforgiving spirit harms self much more than the person who has caused an offence . . . but sometimes we tend to ignore that fact.
It is momentarily more satisfying to the emotions if we do ignore the need to forgive, but the long term consequences on our emotional health are truly devastating.
Many thanks to all our friends at United Marriage Encounter, they taught us so many truths. What we hold onto eats us up, and destroys. Forgiveness may be tough, but holding onto grudges and hurts eats up our very being.
Amen Stephen. Holding onto grudges hurts us much, much more than the person we hold the grudge against. Really, it is selfish to forgive and forget, because when we do, we know freedom and peace.
Forgiveness is the hardest when no one asks to be forgiven….giving up ” my right to be right” has been a life long lesson that God continues to teach me. Thanks for the refresher course! Blessings on you and your efforts!
Thank you. When I find it hard to forgive, I merely think of how much my incredibly amazing Father God has forgiven me, and the enormous cost of that forgiveness, and I melt. How can I do other than forgive?
(I must add that growing older helps. It seems easier to forgive now that I am old)
Angela, this is a great lesson for those of us who find it hard to forgive. Lord, forgive us our trespasses as we for give those who trespass against us.
Thanks so much for sharing this, another excellent post. God blesses.
Noel, I struggled with forgiveness for a while, but it soon dawned on me that the only person I was hurting by NOT forgiving was myself. With God-given ability, when I forgave, the doors of blessings were opened. Apart from wanting to please God and to show the love of Christ, I now find it a selfish act to forgive, because I am blessed!
God blesses indeed – abundantly!
A wonderful, beautiful story and reminder to us. Forgiveness is so needed as a fundamental in the church today. As Jesus told the disciples when they asked Him how to pray; after what we call the Lord’s prayer, He added “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matt. 6:14-15 (NKJV)
I thank God for your continual faith and love of our Lord… waiting and watching
Thanks sister Stephanie. I praise God for you, for your love of the Lord, and for your encouragement.
I like the quote of Geoffrey Wilson. When we forgive with the love of Christ, we are blessed indeed, and it seems as though the door is then opened to receive so many more blessings from the Lord. On the other hand, if we withhold forgiveness, we do more harm to ourselves than to anyone else, and rob ourselves of the choicest of God’s blessings.
Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.
Thanks for the reblog
I really appreciated the Geoffrey Wilson quote. How true it is! The devastating results of sin can only be overcome through the forgiveness we find in Jesus and His Work. Lord bless you Angela. Another wonderful posting
Thanks Rob. I liked his quote too. I passed over it at first, but the more it is read, the more it speaks.
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful things in the world. God forgives us and we forgive others. God wins and the devil loses! Praise God!
“God wins and the devil loses” – Amen!
The devil is a defeated foe.
What a impacting story, Angela! I didn’t know about this and it stirs me on to walk in forgiveness each day. God bless you and thank you for your service to His glory!
There are numerous accounts of the same type of thing, but that isn’t surprising, is it, since it is the same God who indwells us and gives us the strength to follow Him. I had intended using an account of a survivor of the Germans, whose son was killed by them, but God had other plans, so maybe King Louis has a special message for someone.
Thanks Debbie. Still praying for you and yours, and hoping to see you back with your ‘simple poems’ again soon.