In God's Hands

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT) 
We are either in the hands of God or in the hands of people. If we are in the hands of others, we will spend our lives running from place to place because we weren’t treated right, or were sinned against. But if we are in the hands of God, we don’t have to run from people—we can respond to God rather than react to people.
People, even other Christians, will hurt us and sin against us from time to time. The question is not, ‘will believers ever hurt me’, it is, ‘when I am hurt by a believer, will I be able to extend the same forgiveness that Jesus offered?’
          Christians are called to forgive. Period. If we don’t, we have a problem with our Heavenly Father. Dr. John Ironside records this incident concerning Chiang Kai-shek at the time he was ruling mainland China:
“We all noticed a short time ago the account of the professed conversion of the President of China. We hope there has been a real work in his soul, but time will tell. I was reading how he came to his Christian wife who was saved long before he made a profession, and said, "I can't understand these Christians; they have been treated most abominably here, the’ve been robbed, beaten, many of them killed; they have been persecuted fearfully; yet I never find one of them retaliating, and any time they can do something for China, for our people, they are ready to do it; I do not understand them." "Well," said his wife, "that, you see, is the very essence of Christianity. They do that because they are Christians."”
-Pastor Dino Griffin