We had a fantastic talk on Forgiveness by Jayne Sargeant, at our church Lifecentral this morning. It was very powerful and it got me thinking about the whole area of forgiveness.
One of my heroines is Dutch Christian Corrie ten Boom. She, along with her father Casper and her sister Betsie helped to hide many Jewish people during World War II in their home. They were eventually arrested. Her father died in prison while Betsie and Corrie were taken to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Here they were cruelly treated and Betsie died.
The Vibrations Of Truth
Forgiveness by Marianne Evans is a contemporary Christian romance. It has a strong message of forgiveness and God at its heart.
Forgiveness is as essential to life as breathing. We have all been forgiven and we all need to extend forgiveness. We are all covered by God’s grace. Forgiveness is not easy. There is no gradient on forgiving – we just need to do it. Forgiveness sometimes needs help from God. It is not always possible to do but it is God’s way. “Forgiveness… accept it and give it on His terms.” Extending forgiveness frees us from bitterness and hurt. It is as much, if not more, for our sake as for the one we’ve forgiven.
The theme of hurt goes hand in hand with forgiveness and runs throughout the novel. We may have been hurt as a child and then held on to it for years. Today is the day to let it go and stop being bound by the past.