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Daily Living – Episode 51 – Ron Upton

Daily Living – Episode 51 – Ron Upton

Be kind, tender hearted, forgiving one another

Author: Ron Upton

“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Eph. 4:32 HCSB

The practicality of this verse is that the grace of the Father’s forgiving love is the pattern for his children and their forgiveness of one another. Extending forgiveness is an act of faith. You cannot trust your feelings when it comes to forgiveness. Forgive by faith and the feelings will follow.

To illustrate, Corrie ten Boom relates the story of a speaking engagement in Munich in 1947, during which she spotted a man who had been one of the guards when she was in the concentration camp at Ravensbruck. The moment she saw him, images and memories of his role in the concentration camp overwhelmed her. He sought her out following her message, stating he had become a Christian since then and asked Ms. ten Boom if she would forgive him. He held his hand out to her, at which point she wrestled with the most difficult thing she had ever had to do. She relates that she knew she had to take his hand, but still she stood there with coldness clutching her heart. She reminded herself that forgiveness is an act of the will and prayed silently “Jesus, please help me.”

She put her hand in the hand that was stretched out to her and at that moment, the warmth of God’s healing touch overwhelmed her. She cried, “I forgive you brother with all my heart.” Corrie ten Boom testifies that she had never known God’s love as intensely as she did then.

Who comes to your mind? Perhaps today is the day of forgiveness and freedom.