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Loving Others - It's Still Too Hard

Corrie Ten Boom, a Jewish survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, tells of an encounter many years later with one of the cruellest Nazi guards from her camp.


Jonah Chapters 3 & 4

Today. God is saying to us this. Yes, you can’t forgive, but I can.

Corrie Ten Boom, a Jewish survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, tells of an encounter many years later with one of the cruellest Nazi guards from her camp. After the war, the guard had become a Christian and found forgiveness of his sin, even the atrocities of the concentration camps. He received the love and forgiveness of God, but he longed to hear the words of forgiveness from one of his victims. So, he asked God if he would open an opportunity. On this day, after Corrie Ten Boom had shared at a meeting, the old guard approached her and asked for her forgiveness. She recognised him even after all these years, and her immediate reaction was “I could not forgive him. I could only hate him because of what he had done to my family, my friends, my people.” But then she remembered God’s love poured into her life - His love was stronger than her hate. And she was free. Corrie looked at him and said, “Brother, you are forgiven.” As she took his hand in hers, she felt God’s love stream through her.


Corrie closes the story with these words, “Can you forgive? I can’t either. But He can.”


Jonah found forgiveness and salvation in the large fish but could not embrace that God could forgive Nineveh.

Are there people or even things about yourself that you can’t forgive?


Today. God is saying to us this. Yes, you can’t forgive, but I can. He asks us to accept and receive the power to forgive because we have received it ourselves.


God bless.


Pastor Stephen

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