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Corrie ten Boom on Forgiveness

The following reflection is based on the Encounter titled "Stacy Rector: The Miracle of Forgiveness". Use this for a group discussion or individual...

Corrie ten Boom on Forgiveness

The following reflection is based on the Encounter titled "Stacy Rector: The Miracle of Forgiveness". Use this for a group discussion or individual reflection.


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Corrie ten Boom was a watchmaker and a Christian living in the Netherlands during WWII. She and her family hid many Jews in their home during the Holocaust. In February of 1944, they were reported to the Nazis, arrested, and were sent to concentration camps. Corrie lost many loved ones throughout the war, but due to a clerical error, she was released in December of 1944. After her release, she set up a rehabilitation center for former prisoners and began preaching all over the world and writing about her experiences and faith journey.

Following one preaching event, she was faced with a former Nazi guard that she recognized asking her for forgiveness. Check out this article from Guideposts Classic where Corrie ten Boom speaks about this trying experience and the incredible lesson of God's love that came from it.

 

Reflection Questions:

  • Throughout the piece, Corrie ten Boom acknowledges the presence of emotions, thought, and will in the act of forgiveness. Do you tend toward or away from one of these components in your own perspective of forgiveness? What has your experience been like?
     

  • Recall what you were taught about forgiveness growing up. Are there any insights there that ring true to this day that you wish to keep? Any teachings that don’t sit well with you anymore? Why?
     

  • In what moment of your life was it most difficult to forgive?
     

  • When in your life have you felt the most deeply forgiven?
     
  • In her video, Rev. Stacy Rector talks about how, for some people, part of forgiveness means “letting go of the need to strike back, whether that be physically or metaphorically, and handing those feelings over to God”. Does this resonate with you? What does it mean to you to fully forgive another person?
 

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