Monday, December 8, 2008
To Forgive or Not Forgive?
Elie should forgive the Nazis. He already has gone through hell and had so much hate towards the Nazis build up in his soul. It would be like a great weight lifted off his chest if he forgives those horrible people. The Nazis don't deserve to be forgiven by any means, they killed his whole family and Elie even had to watch his own Father slowly die. Because he went through such a horrific event and had to endure so much pain and suffering he needs to start over fresh and forgive. It's not like he has to be friends with the Nazis but he should be able to look into their eyes and say, "I forgive you." You destroyed my life, you killed my family, you took my home away from me but I want to forgive you so I can move on with my life, because this heart full of raw hatred is weighing me down." If Elie was able to do this and truly forgive them, he could leave the pain and hate behind which would enable him to prosper and progress with his life.
- Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.