I heard an incredible story of forgiveness on RadioLab. To me it shows the power of forgiveness, and that forgiveness is always possible. It is rarely easy, but it is so powerful. If you have the time, listen to the incredible story:
Another story of forgiveness that has always had an impression on me comes from Corrie Ten Boom, a woman who survived the concentration camps of WWII was an amazing woman of faith and forgiveness. Her story, The Hiding Place, is a highly recommended read from me. She lives out what it means to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God. She mentions forgiveness from time to time. Here are a couple good nuggets of truth on forgiveness:
“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”
“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.”
Hector’s story from that RadioLab is incredible. Even he recognizes how not normal his forgiveness and relationship was. But it didn’t sound like he regretted it at all. What a story!