Pro 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Pro 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
Pro 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Jhn 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Neh 2:2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
Pro 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
2Cr 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
"It was at a church in Munich that I saw him, the former S.S. man who had stood guard at the shower room door in the processing center at Ravensbruck. He was the first of our actual jailers that I had seen since that time. And suddenly it was all there-the roomful of mocking men, the heaps of clothing, Betsie's pain blanched face.
He came up to me as the church was emptying, beaming and bowing. "How grateful I am for your message, Fraulein," he said. "To think that, as you say, 'He has washed my sins away'!"
His hand was thrust out to shake mine. And I, who had preached so often to the people in Bloemendaal on the need to forgive, kept my hand at my side.
Even as the angry, vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him.
I tried to smile; I struggled to raise my hand. I could not. I felt nothing, not the slightest spark of warmth or charity. And so again, I breathed a silent prayer. Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give him Your forgiveness.
As I took his hand, the most incredible thing happened. From my shoulder along my arm and through my hand a current seemed to pass from me to him, while into my heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed me.
And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness, any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself."
Corrie Ten Boon.....The Hiding Place
I read The Hiding Place many years ago and I have had a chance to see the movie on DVD recently. It was such a blessing to my heart. What hard things this family had to suffer. It was only their faith in God and living a life filled with His teaching that brought them through. Some by death and some with their life but they were all free. What a great thing to have trust in God.When He gives us trials and tribulations, he also give us what we need to get through them.
In our lives so much a part of it, is learning to forgive. To forgive others for what we our selves may have done at some point. If we want to have life and life that is filled with joy and happiness, we must forgive. We are commanded to do so. Corrie Ten Boon has another saying that blessed my heart also, it is.."And for all these people alike, the key to healing turned out to be the same. Each had a hurt he had to forgive." Yes, we all need to forgive as we need to be forgiven.
Oh, yes, The Hiding Place was a great book and it teaches so much about forgiving and where we get the power to forgive. If you ever get a chance, read the book. It will change you. connie