By Beautifully Said Team
Award-winning— gospel music artist, Kirk Franklin shared a valuable lesson over the weekend. The power of forgiveness. Known for such uplifting song anthems like; “Wanna Be Happy?” and “I Smile,” Franklin wrote in an Instagram post Sunday, he hadn’t always practiced what he preached, especially when it came to addressing his feelings toward his biological father. Read the heartfelt message he shared with his one-million followers.
Two days ago, I received an anonymous call that my biological father, who I never knew, has 3-6 months to live. I’ve lived my entire life hating this man. He and my biological mother gave me up for adoption, and it left me never feeling good enough….to this very day. I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own. But what I did wrong, is I never took that fuel, and turn it into forgiveness….and that is wrong. Wrong for him, me, and the God I proclaim to represent. How can I preach what I don’t practice. So I flew to Houston yesterday to do that. It’s painful, it’s a process, but how disappointed I would be in myself for this man to leave this earth without being forgiven. He deserves to receive what God gives me everyday. Pray for him, and for me. God this is hard…I weep as I write.”
How wonderful for both men to have this type of closure no matter the length of time they were separated. Like this story? Visit our Instagram page to comment with your own stories on forgiveness.
Photo: Gospel star Kirk Franklin and the father he never knew embrace during his visit to Houston. Franklin recently found out his biological dad only has a few months to live.
Story originally posted on Kirk Franklin’s Instagram page.
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