Forgive—And Set Yourself Free
‘Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.’ Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
Years after her harrowing experience in a Nazi concentration camp, Corrie ten Boom was speaking in a church when she found herself standing face-to-face with a man who had been one of the cruellest guards she had ever met in the camps. This man had humiliated and degraded both her and her sister, jeering at them and visually ‘raping’ them as they stood in the delousing shower. Now he stood before her with an outstretched hand, asking, ‘Will you forgive me?’
Corrie said, ‘I stood there with coldness clutching at my heart, but I knew that the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. I prayed, “Jesus, help me!” Woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me, and when I did I experienced an incredible thing. The current started in my shoulder, raced down into my arm, and sprang into our clutched hands. Then this warm reconciliation seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. “I forgive you, brother,” I cried with my whole heart. For a long moment, we grasped each other’s hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I have never known the love of God as intensely as I did in that moment.’
The Bible says, ‘Be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you.’ (Ephesians 4:32 NAS) Who are you struggling to forgive today? Rise above your feelings and do it! When you do, you will set yourself free and be able to walk in the peace and joy of the Lord.
SoulFood: Ezek 34–36, Matt 17:14–27, Ps 73:1–16, Prov 15:18–21