his former enemy had
become his dear friend.
My Enemy, My Friend
It took 16 years for
these bitter enemies to become friends. Today, I want
to share with you a story of reconciliation. Senator
John McCain recently eulogized a former enemy, David
Ifshin, who died of cancer at age 47.
During the Vietnam War
they hated each other. McCain was a prisoner of war
who was left hanging by his broken arms. He had
shriveled to 100 pounds. Ifshin was a staunch
anti-war protester. His anti-Vietnam sentiments were
piped into McCains cell through radio Hanoi.
When McCain was released
and became a Senator, he was sharply critical of
Ifshins politics. One day, they ran into each
other at a political gathering. They decided to bury
the hatchet and forgive each other. Ironically, they
ended up working together in setting up the Institute
for Democracy in Vietnam. When David died, Senator
John McCain declared his former enemy had become his
What an amazing story of
forgiveness and reconciliation! Now, is there someone
in YOUR life that YOU need to forgive? What about
that long-standing battle with a friend or family
Gods word speaks
about the importance of reconciliation:
Forgive as quickly and completely as the
Master forgave you. (Colossians
3:13The Message") Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal in your heart
any grudges you may be holding toward someone. Then,
through the power of God, strive to make peace with
this person. Youll pass on to others the
powerful love and grace of Jesus Christ!
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