Friday 16th November 2018
In 1947, Corrie Ten boom, a well known missionary from Holland, was delivering a sermon on forgiveness to a German congregation. She said then: “When we confess our sins… God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever.” In response, a heavily built man came forward to confess his past deeds. Corrie at a first glance recognized the man as one of her captors at the concentration camps during Adolf Hitler’s occupation of Holland. She recalled with nostalgia that the man was among the guards responsible for the death of many, including her friend, Betsie. The man stretched out a hand hoping for a handshake with his former victim and asked, “Will you forgive me?” He wanted reassurance from one of those that had been directly affected by his past misdeeds. Overwhelmed by emotion, Corrie uttered in tears the incredible, “I forgive you, brother with all my heart.”
Christ urged his followers to forgive those who have injured them. As a young person, how often do you forgive those who offend you? Take the step of faith and seek out people that need your forgiveness and reconcile with them.
QUOTE: How often do you forgive
CHALLENGE: Make up your mind today to forgive your enemies.
PRAYER: My Father, give me a forgiving heart today.
FURTHER READING: Matthew 6:12-15.
Source: Daily Manna Devotional