Saturday: Psalm 45-46; Isaiah 27; Matthew 5.38-48

From: Caitlin Lubinski

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”  Matthew 5.44-45

Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian, suffered in a Nazi concentration camp for aiding Jews during World War II. In her autobiography, The Hiding Place, she describes a moment after the war in which she is preaching Christ’s love and forgiveness in Germany. After her talk, a man approaches her and says, “How grateful I am for your message, Fraulein… To think that, as you say, He has washed my sins away!” But as the man extends his hand to her, she stands frozen, unable to shake his hand, because she recognized him as one of her former Nazi guards.

Unable to feel a spark of love or forgiveness toward the man, Ten Boom writes, “I breathed a silent prayer. Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me Your forgiveness.” As she shakes his hand, she experiences a sudden, overwhelming love for the man. “And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.”

I live with my husband and two kids on the North Shore. I love to read when I have a quiet moment.