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Lockerbie Victim Forgives Gadhafi

"How many times should I forgive my brother who has sinned against me," Peter asked, "up till seven times?"

"I tell you," Jesus said, "not seven times but seventy-seven times."

Lisa Gibson, sister of a US service man killed on Pan Am Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb, chose to visit Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi during his visit in New York to the UN General Assembly though most families of those who died on board blame Gadhafi for the terrorist attack that cost the lives of 270 people. Why the different attitude?

"I wanted him to know there were some people out there who've lost loved ones who have a different vision and different heart," she said.

Her motivation? Her Christian faith of which a key component is forgiveness.

"As a Christian, I need to forgive you," she told Gadhafi. "Only God knows if you are responsible.

"At the heart of terrorism is hate and the only way to effectively battle that is with love," she said.

Wow! How thoroughly are you willing to forgive those who have wronged you, hurt you, destroyed something or someone you loved? How much love do you have to give to those the world hates? It's an amazing thing to do what Gibson did. May God bless her richly.

For the full story, written by Joe Sterling for CNN, go here.


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