“Will You Forgive Me?”
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? (Read: Matthew 18:21-35).
True story of Corrie ten Boom
“The Hiding Place,” is a movie and book about the ten Boom family and their strong desire to rescue Jews from the shocking Holocaust of World War II. Their home became a refuge for fugitives hiding from the Nazis. They built a hiding place located in Corrie’s bedroom no larger than a small wardrobe closet behind a false wall. When security sweeps came through the neighborhood, a buzzer would sound and the refugees were given a little over a minute to seek refuse in the secret hiding place.
On February 28, 1944, the ten Booms’ were arrested. All the ten Boom family members were incarcerated, including Corrie's 84-year-old father, who soon died in the Scheveningen prison. Corrie and her sister Betsie were sent to the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp, near Berlin. Betsie died there on December 16, 1944 and twelve days later, Corrie was released. Some say that there was a mistake made in the prison paper work, but we know that God makes no mistakes in His purposes or plans.
A prison guard, known to be extremely cruel from Ravensbruck was attending a meeting where Corrie was giving her testimony. He approached her afterwards saying, “I was a guard at Ravensbruck.” He wanted her to know that since that time at Ravensbruck, he had become a Christian. He had asked God to forgive him for all the horrible things he had done there and wanted to ask Corrie to forgive him in person. He put out his hand and immediately Corrie was faced with his question, “Will you forgive me?” When she put her hand in his, a healing took place in her heart bringing tears of forgiveness to her eyes. With touching emotion, Corrie responded, “Yes, I forgive you, with all my heart!”
Lord, may I continue to forgive with all my heart.