I COULDN’T ’NOT’ FORGIVE HIM
Chris Carrier has one of the best testimonies of Christian forgiveness I have ever seen. Chris grew up in Coral Gables, Florida. He was abducted when he was just 10 years old. Chris’ kidnapper was angry with the boy’s family. He burned him with cigarettes, stabbed him numerous times with an ice pick, then shot him in the head and left him to die in the Everglades.
Amazingly, Chris survived, though he lost sight in one eye. No one was ever arrested, but in the late 90’s a man confessed to the crime. Chris had become a student minister and went to see him. He found David McAllister, a 77-year-old ex-convict, frail and blind, living in a North Miami Beach nursing home.
Chris began visiting often, reading to McAllister from the Bible and praying with him. His ministry opened the door for McAllister to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. No arrest was ever made. After 22 years, the statute of limitations was long past.
Chris later talked about forgiving the man who tortured and almost killed him. Chris said, "While many people can’t understand how I could forgive David McAllister. -- From...Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)
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