by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against.’ Mark 11:25 NLT

A woman was upset because her friend forgot to ask her to a barbecue picnic. When the friend realised and called on the morning of the event to invite her, she replied angrily, ‘It’s too late—I’ve already prayed for rain!’

When we’re hurting we want someone to pay, so we lash out at the wrong people. One woman wrote, ‘I was so angry I spent years trying to collect what I thought was due, from people who’d nothing to do with my hurt. Finally God caused me to realise that I was trying to collect a debt from my husband that he didn’t owe. When I accepted this, God began to bless me beyond anything I could ever have imagined.’

One night after preaching about forgiveness, Corrie Ten Boom recognised that the man approaching her was a former guard from Ravensbruck, the Nazi prison camp where she was tortured and her sister Betsie starved to death. When he asked her to forgive him, Corrie thought about Betsie and felt she couldn’t do it. Nevertheless she knew she must, otherwise everything she’d preached would be meaningless. So she told God, ‘I can extend my hand, I can do that much, but You’ll have to supply the feelings.’

Taking the man’s hand she felt God’s power rushing through her, enabling her to wholeheartedly say, ‘I forgive you, brother.’ Corrie never experienced God’s love so intensely as she did that night. Although she’d been badly tortured she let God heal her, and then went on to help others. The truth is—forgiveness is the only way to have peace!

SoulFood: Ezek 27:25–30:26 Luke 20:9–19, Ps 112, Pr 20:1–4

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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