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Randy BectonLearning to Forgive, by Randy Becton


    One of our greatest challenges is to forgive those who hurt us deeply. Can anyone really show us how?

    Corrie Ten Boom endured the horror of a Nazi concentration camp. She lost her own sister there. Years after her release, Corrie spoke about God's forgiveness.

    After her speech, a tall aged man thanked her for showing him that even he could be forgiven. As Corrie reached out to shake his hand, she suddenly realized WHO he was—a malicious guard from the concentration camp.

Would she forgive or hate?
    What would she do? Would she forgive or hate? Reach out or turn away? She grasped his hand in forgiveness. In place of her anger flowed God's love.

    Will you forgive someone who has wounded your soul? God is calling you to forgive! Jesus says, “When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25)

    Forgiving others is crucial to finding your freedom in Christ. Take a moment and make a list of those who have wounded you deeply. Now pray that the power of Jesus Christ will help you forgive each one of them. When you forgive from the heart, you’ll witness God's grace doing some powerful healing in your own heart.

    Comfort and practical help for cancer victims’ families are available from The Caring Touch ministry free of charge. Of particular note are the booklets How Children Cope with Cancer and How Families Cope with Cancer. As a twenty five year survivor of cancer, Randy has many resources to help with this difficult struggle. You may receive them free of charge by calling 1 (800) 759-3300 or emailing herald@abilene.com attn: Randy Becton.


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