Is there anything more difficult in Christianity than loving your enemy and forgiving them? And yet Jesus is able to do in us what we would never do ourselves. I am grateful to God for this young woman’s powerful testimony. I think you will be too.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).
(HT: Tim Challies)
Do not call common that which God has made clean. That goes for ourselves too, after what Christ did for us, huh?
This lady rocks!
This reminds me so much of something Corrie ten Boom wrote about, when her former jailer from the Ravensbruck concentration camp came to beg her forgiveness:
“Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….
And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His.
When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.”
â€” Corrie Ten Boom (The Hiding Place)
Absolutely stunning, Denny. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Am I so content in the grace of Christ that I can forgive those who have hurt me in ways that don’t even compare to hers?
I don’t know that I am. But I do have a God powerful enough to take me there.