Published on March 10th, 2021
Richard Wurmbrand was the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. Before he started VOM, he was imprisoned in Communist Romania for a total of 14 years because of his Christians activities. He died in 2001 at the age of 91.
Read below what Pastor Wurmbrand said about handling stress. (Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
Pastor Wurmbrand’s Secret
What is the secret of not having stress?
The New Testament was first written in Greek. In the original Greek, the Lord’s Prayer says, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we have forgiven those who trespass against us.” Not that we forgive them; we have already forgiven them — in the past tense.
I find it very difficult to forgive. If somebody hurts you or betrays you, it is difficult to forgive. But we are not meant to forgive. A believer is a person who never forgives anything — he has already forgiven.
From the first day I became a Christian, my teachers in the faith told me, “Soon you will be baptized. Now you have to forgive all those who have ever done you wrong, all those who do you wrong, and all those who will do you wrong until the end of your life.”
I would recommend that every one of you make that decision today. It changes your outlook so much. If someone does you wrong, you can look to them with love and say, “He can do whatever he likes; he was forgiven long ago.”
To forgive the person who did you wrong would have been difficult. But to not have to forgive him because he is already forgiven is one of the secrets of surviving stress and anxiety. Anxiety and stress are produced by people you clash with, who you can’t forgive and don’t forgive. This is one of the secrets we learned in prison.
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