It’s hard to forgive someone who has deeply hurt you. The pain is just surreal that sometimes you want to get even with the person. But don’t you think it’s harder to forgive somebody who killed a family member?
This is what happened to a 54-year-old man’s case of killing 48 women, including the daughter of a man who came from a Christian family.
On November 5, 2003 Gary leon Ridgway admitted the murder of 48 women, making him the biggest serial killer in the U.S. history. He can even no longer recognize the people whom he killed. Looking unremorseful for what he did, family members of the victims cursed him one after another. But only one family member’s response to the murderer shocked everyone in the room.
“Mr. Ridgway, there are people here that hate you. I’m not one of them,” says the father’s victim.
And the next words this kind-hearted father said left the serial killer in tears.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!” (Matthew 18:21-22)