Pa Josiah Akindayomi, the founder of Redeemed Christian Church of God, who later handed over to Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is indeed a strange man.
He once died and then came back to life, and yes, there is a great and important lesson to learn here. Sit back and read.
In the second quarter of 1980, he fell ill. Members and elders of the church rallied round him to pray for him. He urged them to stop praying for him because they were dragging back what had to be done.
By the middle of October, he gave up the ghost. His wife went to his room and met him dead. As she was about breaking the news, he came back to life and related a very strange experience.
He saw himself in a beautiful path with a well laid garden and a very old man accosted him. The old man insisted he had to go back to where he was coming from. But Pa Akindayomi was so fascinated about the grandeur of where he had found himself that he begged not to go back.
The old man then showed him some beautiful apparels that were hung and that they were for him but the he would not be able to wear them till he had forgiven Brother T.
Brother T was Pastor T. Oshokoya, leader of Apostolic Faith Church. The incident happened 28 years back. Pa Josiah saw a tract by Apostolic Faith Church and reprinted it for evangelism. He didnt know anything about copyright. He was called by the leaders of the church and was found guilty. The rest of the tracts were retrieved and burnt. He held the grudge in his heart for the pain, loss and shame he went through.
As soon as he came back to life, he penned a letter of forgiveness to Pastor T telling him he had forgiven him. Shortly after, he died peacefully.
The lesson? Are you holding anybody on unforgiving spirit? It is not worth it and as you can see, an act of unforgiving spirit can become an eternal consequence. May you not miss out!