Around the time of the Korean War, Kim Joon-gon had seen 2,000 out of 20,000 people on Chunnam Island murdered by the Communists. They dragged him & his family outside their village where Kim’s father & wife were beaten to death & Kim was left for dead.
When he revived & sought safety at an acquaintance’s house, he was turned over to the Communists. Only the sudden appearance of an American ship off the island coast saved him this time, for the Communist soldiers hurried away to the battle.
Kim hid out in the countryside until the South Korean army captured the island. The Communists who had killed his wife & father were arrested. Because it was wartime, the police chief had authority to execute without a trial. But as the chief prepared to kill the men, Kim pleaded, "Spare them. They were forced to kill."
The police chief showed great surprise. "It was your family they killed! Why do you now want to spare their lives?"
Kim replied, "Because the Lord, whose I am & whom I serve, would have me show mercy to them." The Communists were spared execution because of Kim’s plea. (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)
“If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you don't forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Jesus Christ. (Mat 6:14-15)
Jesus followed what he preached. When He was crucified on the cross, He said, "Father, forgive them. They don't know what they're doing." (Luke 23:34)
“Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” - C.S. Lewis.