FORGIVENESS IN RETURN
To return good for evil, it is divine
It costs you nothing and it takes no time.
Forgive one another, just as Jesus forgave you
Follow His example in everything you do.
To forgive those who hurt us so badly seems odd
But they owe us little compared to what we once owed God.
Seventy times seven doesn’t seem to make sense
But we must extend forgiveness beyond the 490th offense.
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do”
Jesus prayed for His enemies, so we must too.
He cried out for others in His greatest moment of despair
He hung there and prayed for the ones who put Him there.
It was the ultimate example of what it means to forgive
We must do like Jesus, love and always forgive.
Forgive your enemies, forget, and on the pain do not dwell
For Jesus commands forgive them and love them as well.
“They don’t know what they are doing” was Jesus prayer
As they mocked the one who they had put there.
He had done nothing, no wrong had occurred
The only fact was, they were offended by His words.
When you are treated evil for proclaiming God’s Word
Remember they’re not angry at you, but at what they just heard.
Return good for evil, forgive, love them as well
On the pain and the hurt, please do not dwell.
Follow His example in everything you do
And people will see God’s love shining through you.
So return good for evil, it is divine
For, forgiveness will win their hearts over in time.
©2005 Elizabeth Stewart – Used with permission.