What Is The Purpose Of Forgiving And How It Affect Others

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What do you think is the purpose of forgiving and how it affects others? I think the purpose of forgiving is to restore the broken relationship and sometimes it could dramatically change someone’s life. For example, the book “Cry the Beloved Country” shows James Jarvis and Stephen Kumalo’s relationship was restored through forgiveness. Forgiveness has a strong power to restore the healthy relationship. Sometimes it could help restore a relationship with a family who killed your son. Forgiving can benefit you and others because you also learn through forgiveness and strengths the bond between you and the person or the whole group of people.
To begin with, in the story James Jarvis’s son,Arthur Jarvis, was shot by Stephen Kumalo’s son, Absalom Jarvis. Absalom did not intend to murder him ,but he eventually shot him because …show more content…

She had social illness and lives in a poor condition. Her life was wicked and shalom in her life was broken. However, before Stephen left Johannesburg to go to Sophiatown, he was hanging out and talking with Gertrude and her son in a kind way and still treated her as a human being and one of his family member. From his action of kindness we can see that Stephen forgave her and he is trying to restore the broken shalom. He spent time with her no matter who she is right now and what she has done. He showed the right way to fix the shalom just like James Jarvis did. Also, in the Colossians 3:12-14 it said “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Stephen did what God wants us to do which is forgiving

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