**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “Forgive us or debts, as we forgive our debtors”. It fell on Day 30 of this series.**
Reading: Ephesians 4:32
Forgiveness can be really difficult. Sometimes it seems like it would just be easier to hold a grudge against someone rather than forgive them. Today I want to share an amazing story of forgiveness.
Corrie Ten Boom was a Christian woman who lived in Holland during World War II. This is when Nazi Germany persecuted and killed Jews as well as anyone who stood up for them. Corrie’s family owned and operated a longstanding watch shop and it had become a well-known fixture of their city. The Ten Boom family was known for their kindness and as the situation for Dutch Jews became desperate, their family shop became an underground hub for finding hiding places for their Jewish friends. After helping hundreds of Jews escape to safety, the Ten Booms were caught and taken to concentration camps. Even in the horrible conditions, Corrie was encouraged by her sister’s unshakable optimism and faith. They worked hard to bring the comforting Word of God to the women within the nightmarish camps. While in the camps, Corrie’s sister and father both died and then she herself was released due to a clerical error right before she was set to be executed.
She then devoted her life to spreading a message of love and forgiveness to both former prisoners and Nazi soldiers. The people who imprisoned her and her family never asked her for forgiveness, and yet she was able to offer it to them anyway. Corrie Ten Boom was the embodiment of forgiveness.
This story is so inspiring and challenges us to have a similar mentality of forgiveness.
Corrie was able to forgive, because she knew that Christ had first forgiven her.
Prayer Focus: Join me in giving thanks to God for all He has done.