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June 26, 2008

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Erika

I could have used this post about two weeks ago. I'm so glad that I've "found" you through the AW blog comment blitz. You are truly inspiring and a great teacher. The other part of forgiveness that can be equally hard to do, is to forget. I've been accused of having an indelible memory--something I need to work on, especially when it comes to those that use us (or try to) us.

rosemerry

This reminds me about a scene in Corrie Ten Boom's book. I can't remember the title but she was a Christian who was sent to the camps because she helped hide Jews. Way after the war is over and she was speaking at some sort of Don't forget the Holocaust or perhaps just telling her story at some convention. I really don't remember.

At the end this German comes up to her and told her that he used to work in one of those camps and he wanted to apologize to her for how she was treated and went on to explain how he changed his life. She looked at him and it was one of the soldiers that her and her sister saw everyday. He didn't remember them of course. She talks about the inward struggle as he held out his hand hoping for a handshake and how in the end she forgave him and shook his hand. All without telling him that she remembered him and what he did to her and her sister.

Caroline

Mike,

I have to say, I know what you mean. But I tell myself that looking weak to another person makes you look strong to Christ. Your reward will be in heaven.

Miss Lissy

I know forgiving can be hard, but it is important to remember that God commands us to forgive. I know I have a hard time forgiving a lot of the time, especially when someone has wronged me in horrible ways.

auria cortes

Well, I'll give myself a pat on the back. I'm pretty good at forgiving.

Kelly @ Pass the Torch

There is so much to this philosophy. I'm so bad at forgiving, but when I do it, it truly is liberating. We're only punishing ourselves when we hold grudges and resent.

I'm reading Eckart Tolle's books and he writes a lot about forgiveness also.

Great post.

Mike

Caroline --

I find this post very interesting. I'm in the process of practicing forgiveness. The one thing I find hard about forgiving and doing good to them that 'despitefully use you' is feeling that I look weak.

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