Willy Nelson is also singing this Jimmy Cliff song, The Harder They Fall, which has Jesus-like words of total release of others—which is far too rare especially in ‘Christian’ music. So far, I’m finding the most powerful forgiving lyrics in reggae.
In this song, I’m not sure how Godly is the intention of the rest of the lyrics, but if someone is truly trying to keep us down when we’re doing right, forgiving them from our whole heart is the proper response—even when they James-3 curse us—wishing evil on us, mustering it on us from their hearts with a vengeance!
Love everybody! They are not the enemy!
Well, the officers are tryin’ to keep me down:
Trying to drive me underground.
And they think that they have got the battle won:
I say: “Forgive them Lord, they know not what they’ve done.”