“Forgiveness is an act of the will,
and the will can function regardless
of the temperature of the heart.”
That is a quote by an amazing woman, Corrie Ten Boom.
Do you wonder how it could be possible to forgive a cheating spouse? Compare your situation to Corrie’s.
On February 28, 1944, a Dutch informant told the Nazis of the work the ten Boom family was doing to hide Jews, and the Nazis arrested the entire ten Boom family.
The family was sent first to Scheveningen prison, where the elderly father died ten days after his arrest. While there, ten Boom’s sister Nollie, brother Willem, and nephew Peter were all released.
Later, Corrie and sister Betsie were sent to the Vught political concentration camp, and finally to the Ravensbrück death camp in Germany. Betsie died there on December 16, 1944.
After surviving the German prison camps of World War II, Corrie traveled the world and taught the gospel, with its emphasis on forgiveness.
In her book, Tramp for the Lord, she tells the story of an encounter while she was teaching in Germany in 1947.
She was approached by a former Ravensbrück camp guard, who had been known as one of the most cruel. She was reluctant to forgive him, but prayed that she would be able to.
“For a long moment we grasped each other’s hands,
the former guard and the former prisoner.
I had never known God’s love so intensely as I did then.”
She also stated that in her post-war experience with other victims of Nazi brutality, it was those who were able to forgive who were best able to rebuild their lives.
- You may think your cheating spouse is not worthy of your respect.
- You probably shouldn’t trust him, but you definitely can forgive him.
- Who do you think will suffer most if you don’t?
“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love.
Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”
-Corrie ten Boom
Ask, and it will be given to you.