For 100 days in 1994 Rwanda was a killing field. Saveri Nemeye was one of the aggressors. With a machete he brutally killed Rosaria Bankundiye’s husband and their four children. Released from prison in 2004, Saveri went to Rosaria and begged for forgiveness. Rosaria considered his request and then granted it. “How can I refuse to forgive when I’m a forgiven sinner, too?” she asks.
Other Christians in Rwanda “describe praying extensively before choosing to grant forgiveness, and speak of the example of Jesus forgiving his killers as he hung on the cross: ‘Father, forgive them, for they know now what they do.’”
--USA Today, February 15, 2010, p. 7a Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Even though we know it is the right thing to do, and even though we know God commands us to forgive, we understand that this kind of radical forgiveness is a miracle from God who promised to forgive us, as we forgive others.
Matthew 6:14 (NASB77) "For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.