Monday, June 20, 2011

Overcome evil with good

Growing up in a Christian family and knowing some Scriptures helped my brother and I to use those Scriptures use those whenever we fought with each other.

When we were so mad at each other, I would say God bless you and hoped God would bring fire from heaven on my brother or I’d say I love you so I can heap burning coals on his head.

So glad God forgave those improper Scripture applications and kept my brother alive.

Unlike me, this beautiful woman who was born in 1892 was imprisoned by Nazis for protecting the Jews. She was imprisoned in Holland and was shifted to rah vens brook concentration camp in Germany. Went through unspeakable atrocities there. Due to a clerical error, Corrie was released from Ravensbruck one week before all women her age were killed. Shortly after, she traveled tirelessly over the world and shared her story of forgiveness.

During one of those forgiveness-proclaiming trips in 1947, in Munich, Germany this heavy-set man walked towards her at the end of service.

She says, And that's when I saw him, working his way forward against the others. One moment I saw the overcoat and the brown hat; the next, a blue uniform and a visored cap with its skull and crossbones. It came back with a rush: the huge room with its harsh overhead lights, the pathetic pile of dresses and shoes in the center of the floor, the shame of walking naked past this man. I could see my sister's frail form ahead of me, ribs sharp beneath the parchment skin. Betsie, how thin you were!

"You mentioned Ravensbruck in your talk," his voice brought her back to the reality in front of her. "I was a guard in there” I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein (little woman in German), ..." his hand came out, ... "will you forgive me?"

Corrie Ten Boom says, And I stood there — I whose sins had every day to be forgiven — and could not. Betsie had died in that place — could he erase her slow terrible death simply for the asking?

It could not have been many seconds that he stood there, hand held out, but to me it seemed hours as I wrestled with the most difficult thing I had ever had to do. And still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is not an emotion — I knew that too. Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. "Jesus, help me!" I prayed silently. "I can lift my hand, I can do that much. You supply the feeling." And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. "I forgive you, brother!" I cried. "With all my heart!"

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.

Corrie died on April 15, 1983 in Orange County, California, on her ninety-first birthday. Corrie was a frail human being just like you and me. She modeled Christ. She lived out Romans 12:21 for us

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Let’s pray:

Father, help us to love one another in brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. The only way we know to have fun is by bringing down somebody. Please forgive us. We have allowed the society to the teach the morals to us instead of drawing values from your word. When we are wronged, when we are persecuted, please help us to pray for our persecutors and forgive them. Help us not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. We realize our inability to do that on our own. May the Spirit of the Lord fill our hearts and minds with your word and strengthen us to do so. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

Here is a free advice from the Karl brotherhood: Always love your enemies, nothing annoys them so much. :-)

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