After losing his troubled younger sister to prison earlier this summer, gospel star Kirk Franklin revealed on Sunday that he chose to release his dying biological father, who gave him up for adoption, from another prison — the prison of unforgiveness.
"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," Franklin revealed in a post on Facebook with a photo of him kissing his father's shaven head.
"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," the 48-year-old ended the now viral post.
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