The Power of Forgiveness

It’s not Monday, even though this may have a bit of a devotional feel, because it’s a story about the power of forgiveness, which I’ve been trying to touch on the past couple of weeks.

I was looking for a story for today (this is Monday night as I type this) and have a few things on my mind which concern Israel. But as I was perusing Israeli news sites, I came upon this story and was mesmerized by the amazingly tragic and horrific things that Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor and her family went through.

I’m not even going to attempt to write about her experiences, since it’s best it comes from Ms. Eva herself. This is hard to watch, but please do, as it’s an incredible story…

While  Ms. Eva has been mocked and despised by fellow Holocaust survivors for forgiving the Nazis for their atrocities, she doesn’t equate forgiving with forgetting, as many people do.  She explains in this article that reclaiming her personal power is the ultimate revenge on the Nazis who tormented her and millions of others.

In light of so much going on in our country and world these days, it’s incredible to see the power of forgiveness when most people only have the chains of hate and bitterness.   Russian Gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn once stated, “When you have robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power. He is free again.”

Freedom includes the power of forgiveness, but it also comes from forgiving.  While not everyone who forgives such incredible evils done are Christian, one can’t help but realize that the power to forgive can only come from Him- even if they don’t acknowledge Him, because He is the author of Forgiveness.

There are few stories which impact the way I view my own circumstances and those who have done mean, spiteful and evil things to me in my past.  They make me realize that if someone can forgive her evil tormentors, and if Jesus can forgive me for my sins, I have His power to forgive those who’ve hurt me.  That’s true freedom.

I hope everyone has a blessed and safe day.