Bitterness injects us with the same poison as our offender. Forgiveness is the only antidote.
Ten-year-old Chris Carrier was abducted, stabbed with an ice pick, shot in the head, and left for dead in the Florida Everglades by a man he didn’t know. Blind in one eye, he lived a nightmare of anger, fear and bitterness until, at age 13, he forgave his assailant (who was still at large) and realized the miracle of his survival.
Twenty years later, Chris received a call from the police. A dying nursing home resident named David had confessed to Chris’s abduction.
Reporters were shocked when Chris visited David the following day to express his forgiveness and then continued to visit him until his death. How could Chris feel genuine compassion for a man who once stood above his 10-year-old body with an ice pick and deadly intent?
Chris's secret was his refusal to let the poison in David’s veins run through his own.
He was not overcome by evil, but overcame evil with good (Romans 12:21).
The Abduction of Chris Carrier
Sometimes in my desire to keep a devotion down to 1-minute, I inadvertently leave out something important. I'm so glad one of my readers asked the question: Was Chris a believer? Yes, in fact, one thing Chris did before David McAllister died was to share Christ with him and "in the presence of the one he’d tried to kill – [David] bowed his heart to Christ." This quote is from the above link.
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