I Have to Forgive Them?

Jesus’ Example Prayer continues with “and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors.”  I think we all know that we should forgive, but practically living that out is challenging. 

I remember reading Corrie ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place when I was in high school.  The story gripped me; I couldn’t put it down.  I am still amazed by her stories of forgiveness. I recently read that during the 1975 premiere of the movie based on her story, someone threw a tear gas canister into the theater. The canister had the Nazi swastika symbol. An act that is hard to forgive. Corrie’s response follows Jesus’ example.

“What we have to do is love these people who hate us—love them, pray for them. These people are wounded people who have hate in their hearts. They need forgiveness. They need the Lord. That is the answer we must give.”

Corrie ten Boom

Wow!  God’s power at work.

We need to follow the examples God gives us through people like Corrie ten Boom and her family.  God provides the grace to forgive, no matter the sin.

God is so good.

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