The Sound of Silence

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Author Corrie ten Boom tells of a time when after forgiving someone she found herself mentally rehearsing the incident only to experience the all-to-familiar emotions of anger. She finally experienced comfort in the example of an old fashioned church bell tower.

The bell in a church tower is rung by pulling a rope. After the person lets go of the rope the sounds of the bell continue to ring. As time passes the bell rings slower and slower until the sound finally stops.

When we choose to forgive we are taking our hands off the rope. In the same way the sounds of the bell continue to ring, the memories of the offense continue to repeat.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean we forget.

If we can leave our hands off the rope and resist the urge to once again pull on the offense of the past, just like the sounds of the bell, the feelings will slowly fade until sound of anger is silenced.

[Ephesians 4:32] Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 

3 Responses to “The Sound of Silence”

  1. Sherry wilson March 17, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Oh!! Mike is that a good word. I have battled with the rehearsals of a hurt so many times, like playing the video over and over. And at times I actually found myself “wanting” to do it. I just felt I didn’t want to give up that anger, because if I di, it would leave me open for the same kind of hurt. God is so patient and gracious with us and knows our personalities. He wants to help, but we have to be willing. I wish I had a little book with all these little mini sermons in it. Thank you. I love the idea of the rope on the bell.

  2. Janie Flores March 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I am battling with this right now!!!!! It’s making me crazy. How I miss you guys. I feel betrayed and I can’t shake it. I know what I need to do, let go, but I guess I’m not ready. Does that make sense? I will be reading this everyday until those “feelings” go away. Your awesome Pastor Mike. My husband and I will be in Corpus the 1st weekend in April and we are going to go listen to you speak. Love you and hugs to Bonnie.

  3. Sylvia Moos Williams March 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    The tears are flowing…..I can barely type. Thanks,I loved Corrie Ten Boom….There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. Blessings for the beautiful reminder.

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