• “There may be love, understanding love, all around us, and yet we may be needing some word of life in our own soul, something that would do what only the Divine can do. “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” – Amy Carmichael

Off the Hook by Nancy Leigh DeMoss 04/20/11

“My sister won’t admit she’s done anything. Can I forgive her if she hasn’t asked for forgiveness?”

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: What keeps you from forgiving?

“Well, doesn’t it mean I’m letting her off the hook?”

Nancy: When you forgive someone what you’re really doing is taking them off your hook and transferring them to God’s hook. Forgiveness acknowledges that God is the judge, and vengeance belongs to Him.

The life of Joseph illustrates this. His brothers sold him into slavery. Years later, when he became the second most powerful leader in Egypt, he had the ability to take vengeance. But he said, “Am I in the place of God?” He chose to trust God and forgive.

If there’s someone you refuse to forgive, it really means you’re putting yourself in the place of God. So why not take the offender off your hook and trust the ultimate Judge?

 

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