Pastor Abedini On FORGIVNESS – A Repost


Pastor ABEDINI on Forgiveness……

We are reposting this article at this time because of the importance of the message it contains. May The LORD+ strengthen and protect our Brother as he does the work he has been called to do. Amen.

Pastor Saeed

In a letter to his wife, Pastor Abedini wrote about the poison of  hatred and injury, the poison of UN-forgiveness.  Here is an excerpt from that letter, written a few years ago. 

 

Below the excerpt on forgiveness are the full letters to his wife and some information from Wikipedia about Pastor Abedini’s work in Iran.

 

From Pastor ABEDINI, on forgiveness :

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We have to get rid of both poisons; first the poison of the snake that bit us and also the poison in us that was created by that bite.

 

We can get rid of the first poison by forgiveness and we can get rid of the second poison by humility, by dying to ourselves, and allowing the band-aid of love and goodness to replace the empty place of the wound.

 

So that we are not a tool of darkness and revenge, but that we can be light and love and a vessel of forgiveness and we can be transformed in the process.

 

Surely you have someone in your family, city, work or environment that have become like poisonous snake who have bitten you and tried to make you poisonous.

 

So, forgive them and use the antidote of love and be Victorious!

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Pastor Saeed After Beatings and Torture: “I did not recognize myself” Pastor Saeed’s Letter: Beatings & Torture. By Jordan Sekulow2 yrs. agoMarch 22, 2013

 We have just obtained a new letter from imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini  written to his wife, Maghmeh, and his family in Iran.  In it, as in his previous two letters written inside the brutal Evin Prison, he documents the results of the continued abuse and torutre he endures.

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      This letter, likely written weeks ago, was received by his family just yesterday. Written on the margins of scraps of newspaper, it is only the third letter Pastor Saeed has been able to get to his family in the past nearly 180 days of imprisonment and underscores the difficulty of getting any information from Iran about his condition.

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Even through all the persecution, Pastor Saeed remains resilient in his faith. He writes of the importance of forgiveness, even to the point of forgiving the interrogators who beat him and the doctors who refused to treat him. He says that we must all forgive, “So that we don’t become like the person we despised and who persecuted and tortured us.”

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He told of the power he has witnessed through forgiveness when after telling one of his persecutors to his face that he forgave him, the interrogator came to “respect” him. “Love is as strong as death,” Pastor Saeed explained. He concluded, “The Joy of the Lord is my strength.”

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This is another powerful testament of his Christian faith and his eternal hope that one day he will again be free to return to his wife and kids in America.

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You can read Pastor Saeed’s letter below:

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Hello to my dear love and wife,

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When I saw my family for the first time behind the glass walls, I could see my mom four meters away. As she approached me and saw my face, she broke down and could not get closer. She was crying.

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I understood what she felt because after weeks of being in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, I also got to see my face in the mirror of an elevator that was taking me to the prison hospital.

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I said hi to the person staring back at me because I did not recognize myself. My hair was shaven, under my eyes were swollen three times what they should have been, my face was swollen, and my beard had grown.

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It was a few days ago when one of my family members, with weary eyes and after running around for 15 weeks in trying to get me out of prison, said that my dad says every single day that “this week I will get my son out of prison.”

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But this does not happen and he is not able to get me out of prison. In that instant I looked into the wrinkled and tired eyes of my dad. I could clearly see that he had ran around for months and he had no more strength left in him. It was very hard seeing my family in such a situation.

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You, my wife, on the other side of the world, alone with the kids. Alone and worried. My family here in Iran, being interrogated, tired and under so much pressure.

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With the loud voice of the prison guard, our visitation had ended and they put covers over our eyes and we returned to the dark room void of any natural sunlight.

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I started praying for my family. My dear Naghmeh. You are the love of my life. I am always in love with you.

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Dear Naghmeh,

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I have been stung so many times that I have become full of poison. This is an Iranian saying. A lot of people say that they have been stung by so many people that their whole being is full of poison like a poisonous snake.

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It means that we have been bitten by the snakes of this world so many times that, that all of the poison has collected in us and that we are like the poisonous snake. But if we sting anyone, we will die.

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This Iranian saying is full of spirit of revenge and unforgiveness and every time I would hear this in Iran, I would get very sick hearing it.

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A few days ago they brought a young war veteran who was disabled in 80% of his body in my cell. He had been put in solitary confinement with his horrific condition.

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And this had made him very mad and he kept saying “why did they do this to me? I gave my whole life for their sake. See what they have done to me!!!”

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And when he would get very mad he would say “I will take my revenge!”

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I spoke to this young man until 4 in the morning. I spent time with him and spoke to him to forgive. When we don’t forgive, we drink the poison ourselves and then wait for the other person to die. And we take the knife that has hurt us and we stab ourselves with it again!

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And this is the will of the evil one who wants to destroy us.

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But when we forgive, we pour out the poison of the enemy and of the devil and we don’t let the poison stay in us and we don’t let the poison make us into poisonous snakes! So that we don’t become like the person we despised and who persecuted and tortured us.

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Maybe you ask, what is the secret of being so happy in such a hard situation?

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Forgiveness and a change of attitude. When we forgive, we become free and we become messengers of peace and reconciliation and goodness. And whoever stings us, we can take into our embrace and love them.

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And in this dark and evil time, we can live full of love and full of peace and full of joy and shine like the stars! Glory be to His Name.

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I forgave the prison doctor who did not listen to me and did not give me the medication that I needed. I forgave the interrogator who beat me. Every day when I would see the interrogator and for the last time when I saw him, I forgave him. I smiled at him and with respect shook his hand and I said my goodbye.

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The minute I forgave them and loved them, that second I was filled with unspeakable joy. I saw in the eyes of the interrogator that he had come to respect me and as he was leaving, he could not look behind him. Love is as strong as death.

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We have to get rid of the poison in our body because if we don’t, we will die. We have to get rid of both poisons; first the poison of the snake that bit us and also the poison in us that was created by that bite.

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We can get rid of the first poison by forgiveness and we can get rid of the second poison by humility, by dying to ourselves, and allowing the band-aid of love and goodness to replace the empty place of the wound.

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So that we are not a tool of darkness and revenge, but that we can be light and love and a vessel of forgiveness and we can be transformed in the process.

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Surely you have  someone in your family, city, work or environment that have become like poisonous snake who have bitten you and tried to make you poisonous. So, forgive them and use the antidote of love and be Victorious!

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Wikipedia on Pastor ABEDINI

Persian: سعيد عابديني, born 7 May 1980) is an Iranian American Christian pastor who was imprisoned in Iran. He was detained in Iran in the summer of 2012 and initially incarcerated in Evin Prison in September 2012.

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On January 27, 2013, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, reportedly on charges of undermining national security through private religious gatherings in Christian homes in Iran in the early 2000s.

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In November 2013, the Iranian government transferred Abedini to Rajai Shahr prison, just outside Karaj, Iran.

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 Abedini is an American and a former Muslim who converted to Christianity in 2000. While Christianity is recognized as a minority religion under the Iranian constitution, Muslim converts to Christianity suffer discrimination at the hands of Iranian authorities.

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In particular, such converts are disallowed from worshipping with other Christians in established Christian churches, which has led to the establishment of so-called “house” or “underground” churches where these converts can worship together.

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In 2002, Abedini met and married his wife Naghmeh, an

American citizen. In the early 2000s, the Abedinis became prominent in the house-church movement in Iran, at a time when the movement was tolerated by the Iranian government. During this period, Abedini is credited with establishing about 100 house churches in 30 Iranian cities with more than 2,000 members.

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With the election of  Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in 2005, however, the house-church movement was subjected to a crackdown by Iranian authorities and the Abedinis moved back to the United States.

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Abedini’s first trip back to Iran was in 2009 to visit his family, when government authorities detained him. According to Abedini, he was threatened with death during his interrogation over his conversion to Christianity.

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Ultimately he was released after signing a pledge to cease all house-church activities in the country. As part of this same agreement, Abedini was permitted to return to Iran freely to work on non-sectarian humanitarian efforts.

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In 2008, Abedini became an ordained minister in the U.S. and in 2010, he was granted American citizenship, thus becoming a dual Iranian-American citizen.

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Abedini had been living the past several years with his family in Boise, Idaho, where his wife grew up. The couple has two young children and they are members at the Calvary Chapel church in Boise.

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2012 arrest

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In July 2012, Abedini made his ninth trip to Iran since 2009 to visit his family and continue his work to build an orphanage in the city of Rasht.

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While in the country, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confiscated his passports and placed him under house arrest.

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He was later transferred to Evin Prison, where he has been incarcerated until his release on February 16, 2016… by the Hand of The LORD JESUS CHRIST !



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  1. Thank you for reposting this. We can learn so much from this! Bitterness and vengeance instead of forgiveness turns us into stone resembling the pillar of salt Lots wife was turned into. Exuding poison comes from Satan and just as Lots wife if we look back into darkness we will not have peace only hearts of stone, stone that poisons all around us.

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