Evil men deserve no mercy Iíve often been heard to say
We should lock them up and happily throw the key away!
The pain theyíve caused to the innocent will surely not go unpunished
And may they get back a hundred fold and their deeds never go unnoticed
God will surely get them and Iím righteous in what I say
For I am perfect and a child of God in each and every way
But in the midst of my pride and self-righteousness I heard my Fatherís wisdom
For I never even realized I had held myself in prison
He spoke to me so gently as He often does to me
And He reminded me of the lesson He taught called seven times seventy
I didnít want to hear it I admit that part is true
Didnít He see the pain that my attacker put me through?
It wasnít fair, I didnít deserve it and now Heís asking way too much of me
He wants me to just forget and love and set this person free?
But my Father spoke again and I knew what He said was true
That compared to Him I was no better than my attacker too
For before I came to Him I was living life my way
I didnít care what God wanted for me and disregarded everything Heíd say
I was selfish and crude and only thought about ways I could get ahead
And greed and lust were my focal point and became my daily bread
It took maturing and mercy to understand what the Father was speaking of
For if He had not forgiven me, I would never know His love
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