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Belden Church forgives people following fire

A church congregation met, to forgive and pray for the people who tried to set their church on fire, on Sunday.

Posted: Aug 26, 2018 11:19 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2018 9:07 AM

BELDEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A church congregation met, to forgive and pray for the people who tried to set their church on fire, on Sunday.

"To the people who did this, we just want you to know that we love you and we forgive you," Pastor Joshua Hopkins said.

The Belden United Methodist Church had a Molotov cocktail thrown through their window last week. The church calls the incident a miracle.

A fire that should have burned down the whole church stayed confined to one room and put itself out.

The key to the incident, the church says, is forgiveness.

"We have to forgive people because we don't know where they are coming from. They could be in some dark spots. So we need to forgive people who do us wrong, like the fire," church member B.J. Hamilton said.

It may not be easy, but it is a lesson we can all learn from the United Methodist Church.

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