When Forgiveness Seems "Too Hard"

When Forgiveness seems too hard
One Nazi guard in the concentration camp was especially cruel to Corrie and her sister Betsy. Betsy died before the end of the war, but Corrie survived to tell their story. Imagine her surprise when this former guard attended one of her talks, extended his hand, and asked her forgiveness.  
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Robert’s father sold him and two of his sisters into slavery where one sister was murdered and Robert was cruelly mistreated. When he and his other sister finally gained their freedom, they discovered that their father was sick and homeless.  

What would you do in Corrie and Robert's shoes?

Corrie took the hand of her former guard and forgiveness flooded her soul. Robert and his sister took their father into their home and cared for him the remainder of his life. 

Forgiveness isn't easy, but it's essential to our spiritual health.

Has someone offended you? Seek our God "who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20). 

To read these marvelous stories of forgiveness: The Hiding Place and Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom; The Emancipation of Robert Sadler by Robert Sadler and Marie Chapian.
 All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted
© copyright, Gail Burton Purath, BibleLoveNotes.com

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When Forgiveness seems too hard

6 comments:

  1. Hi Gail, reading your post I'm nodding my head and saying yes, and good, but in reality it must be extremely hard. I believe a similar situation may come knocking on our door, to welcome family who have hurt us, and to practically forgive. We have forgiven, but if they come knocking? I would have to rely fully on God's grace. Great encouragement here for me to dig deeper.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Yes, Tracy, I think forgiveness sounds hard, but is even harder than it sounds. I know it is my greatest sin to hold on to unforgiveness at times. It's so much easier to nurse it and feed than give it up. I pray that in this situation in your life you will find strength beyond what you can imagine to forgive and move forward.

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  2. When I read what you wrote I am embarrassed at memories of struggling to forgive so little as a snippy, thoughtless comment. "As we forgive those who trespass against us".....Our Lord has high expectations, but he also offers his help in getting the job done. I'm asking him now to remind me of this the next time I need a heart like that of his own!

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  3. The Hiding Place is an incredible book that touched me deeply. Her story of love and forgiveness are inspirational.

    I think the hardest thing to realize that, as hard as it seems to forgive, if we actually do it, our burden becomes lighter. We are able to rid ourselves of that burden of anger.

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  4. I find it difficult to forgive my son who spread lies about my husband and myself to my brothers and their families and then on to the extended families. Nobody will talk to us because he was so manipulative and lies come so freely to him since he is an alcoholic and drug addict. How do you forgive when he continues sinning against you?

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    1. Dear Susan, This is the most difficult type of forgiveness - when someone continually wounds us and we live with the consequences of their choices. There are no easy answers...it's a time to press into God, spend time daily pouring your heart out to the Lord. He understands your pain and He is the best Counselor! It's also important to remember that forgiving someone doesn't mean we accept or approve of what they did. It is acknowledging that they have sinned. I pray God will continue to work in your heart because unforgiveness hurts us more than anyone else. May God use this sad and hurtful situation for good purposes (Genesis 50:20).
      Gail

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