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46664… PRISONER 46664…

1 Corinthians 4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

There are times it seems our hurt and wounds are our testing zones and we are put on display for others to mock. It is like the spectacle at the end of a victor’s parade. We are condemned to be treated like everybody’s trash. WOUNDED AND HURT.

In 1962, Prisoner 46664, Nelson Mandela was arrested and placed in prison. He served 27 years in 3 different prisons. His first 18 years was in the BRUTAL Robben Island Prison. He was locked up in a cell with no bed and no plumbing, 7 FEET BY 7 FEET... He was allowed one letter every 6 months. Once a year Mandela was allowed one visit for 30 minutes. Mandela was finally released in 1990 after 27 years.

Mandela was all about ATTITUDES and WORDS. Once Mandela was speaking of his 27 years in prison. He said: “I WENT FOR A LONG HOLIDAY FOR 27 YEARS.” Nelson wrote an autobiography

“ THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. ”

NELSON BECAME ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PRISONERS. WHEN NELSON MANDELA WAS LEAVING PRISON CONFINEMENT AFTER 27 YEARS HE SPOKE SOME WORDS TO WHICH WE NEED TO LISTEN:

Wounds that can’t be seen are more painful than those that can be seen and cured by a doctor.

“ As I stand before the door of my freedom, I realize that if I do not leave my pain, hurt, anger and bitterness behind me I will still be in prison.”

In 1993 Mandela was awarded the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. IN 1994 MANDELA WAS ELECTED THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA.

Forgiveness does not make you weak, it sets you free…

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