Christian hip-hop artist and music icon, Kirk Franklin has shared a powerful message about forgiveness after meeting with his biological father for the first time since he was a young child.
Franklin was raised by his aunt, Gertrude, having been abandoned as a baby by his parents.
The multiple award winner, who says he “never knew” his father, talked about how he has harbored ill-feelings toward this man for his entire life. However, after receiving news of his dad’s ill health, the “I Smile” singer decided it was time to put his faith into action and forgive the man who gave him up for adoption at an early age.
“Two days ago, I received an anonymous call that my biological father, who I never knew, has 3-6 months to live,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“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.”
Franklin, who has four children of his own, explained that after reflecting on his anger, he decided to choose a different path – the sacrificial path of forgiveness.
“What I did wrong, is I never took that fuel, and turn it into forgiveness….and that is wrong,” the artist candidly revealed.
Mine did not give out for adoption but abandoned me with my mum for other women, i grew up favoured by God and was taught forgiveness by my mum before my mum died she encouraged me to seek him and forgive him, God in His marvelous plan made me embark on a journey that i never planned for, in the course of my journey i had a vehicle breakdown close to my father’s house at about 1:00am. So while seeking for a refuge for the night, i lodged in my father house. he pleaded for forgiveness and i also asked for his forgiveness. few years after my mom died all i have around now is my aged father and my own family. praise be to God the CAUSE of unforgiving has been broken. Its a great lesson for all