Forgiveness sets you free
'Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another.' Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
Years after her horrors in a Nazi concentration camp, Corrie ten Boom was speaking at a church. She found herself face to face with a man who had been one of the cruellest guards in the camp. He had humiliated and degraded her and her sister, jeering at them and visually 'raping' them as they stood in the delousing shower. Now he stood before her with 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 to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you' (Ephesians 4:32 NLT).
So what now? Are you struggling to forgive someone? Today, picture Christ forgiving you, rise above your feelings and forgive that person. When you do, you'll be setting yourself free.
Soulfood: Ezek 27:25-30:26 Mk 15:33-47 Ps 143 Pro 15:8-10,