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Story of Grace From A Slave Girl

Updated on September 6, 2010

A Story of Grace From A Slave Girl


She said to her mistress,

“If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria, he would cure him of his leprosy.”

II Kings 5:3


She was not a major character in the Bible, not even a minor character. Only a few verses mentioned about her. But there is a very great moral lesson to be derived from her life. Her life can cause tremendous impact to the world. The few verses written about her reveals so much about the graciousness and kindness in her heart. I am referring to the slave girl from Israel brought into the household of Naaman.

This slave girl from Israel was once held as a captive by the bands from Aram. The Lord had given victory to Aram through Naaman who was commander of the army of the King of Aram.

As captive of the bands , the slave girl could have experienced harsh treatments and could even experience to have been raped by the bands of Aram. The girl was brought to the household of Naaman to serve as a slave.

The slave girl has a great heart. The girl has no hatred in her heart. Instead. She became an instrumental for Naaman to receive his healing from leprosy. Knowing that Naaman is the commander in chief of the army who attacked Israel, the slave girl instead of being revengeful of what has happened even became compassionate towards Naaman. She imparted to Naaman’s wife information in order for Naaman to obtain healing from leprosy through prophet Elisha.

What a great heart she has, a heart of compassion for her enemies. Though seemingly a simple passage in the scripture, but it is a demonstration of what a Christian’s heart should be. Our heart should reflect that kind of heart which keeps no record of wrong, which does not retaliate with evil, intead it’s the heart that provides help and healing..


Corrie Ten Boom being a victim of the evil NAZI regime, she experienced so much hardships and sufferings in the NAZI concentration camps. Inspite of this she does not hesitate to go back to Germany to preach the Gospel to the poor German soldiers.

Corrie Ten Boom went to Darmstadt, Southeast of Frankfurt to help a church organization renovate a concentration camp. It was a small but a great start. Once after Corrie talked in a church the people got up silently as they always did in Germany and filed out. But working against the flow was a man coming toward Corrie. He looked familiar. No ! She wanted to scream. The man stopped in front of her smiling. “ What a fine message, Frau ten Boom. I am so glad to hear our sins are forgiven. “

The very man was at Ravensbruck! He was one of the guards who watched coldly as Corrie and her sister Betsie filed past, naked and degraded. She remembered him distinctly. Corrie could not speak. She pretended to be preoccupied. The man went on confidently. “ You mentioned you were at Ravensbruck. So you won’t believe but I was a guard at Ravensbruck. However after the war I became a Christian . God forgave me. Will you forgive me ?”

He extended his weathered hairy hand . It was as repulsive as a snake. Oh how hard it was to be in Christ at times like this thought Corrie . She had a thousand reasons to hate this evil man . Corrie had to forgive him or God would not forgive her. It was perfectly clear in the Bible. She looked at the man’s repulsive hand. She extended her hand, “I forgive you.” Warmth flooded over her. It was intense . She felt herself glow with love. She was powerless. It was God’s love just as Paul wrote in the fifth chapter of Romans :

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.”


The greatest demonstration of love for an enemy is God’s love for sinners. As it is written in Romans 5:8.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us. “

The most offended person in the universe is God, no person in the universe has been tremendously offended as God. God has received the greatest number offenses throughout all time. Men have offended God repeatedly throughout all generations. Considering the most saintly among men may offend God in his thoughts, words and deeds only three times a day. For one year that is equivalent to 1095 offenses multiplying 365 by three. Considering the average lifespan of man of 70 years , 1095 multiplied by 70 gives 76,650. A man may offend God in his lifetime at least 76, 650 times. Considering the number of people who have existed in the world since the time of Adam and Eve. Today the world has a population of about six billions. The Lord has already received billions of offenses from men throughout all the generations of men. Isn’t God the most offended person in the universe and men are among his greatest enemies ?

But God despite with so much offenses received from men, did not withold forgiveness, did not condemn the world, but rather he gave his one and only begotten Son to provide salvation for men. As it is written in John 3:17 :

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through.him”.

God’s love for the world is indeed the greatest display of love for enemies. As it was depicted in the story of the slave girl and Corrie ten Boom, God’s love for our enemies must be reflected in our hearts. This is one of the greatest testimonies of Christianity.

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      Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Cristina, voted up and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this, what a wonderful reminder of Gods love for us. If God loves us that much how can we not love others!

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! I love to read of Elijah and Elisha. Thanks for this great read...

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi JudiCastro thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comment is greatly appreciated.Truly God's love is the greatest form of love. We are so blessed to have a very loving and forgiving God who keeps no record of wrongs once we repented of our sins. God's love must continue to inspire us to love others even people who have hurted us, Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi samsons1 thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit is greatly appreciated. I am glad you find this hub a great read. Blessings to you and regards.

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Well done and beautiful as always.. loved it...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Quill it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment are greatly appreciated. I am encouraged by your comments.Remain blessed always. Regards.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      God's Love and Grace fills both stories. The rememberance of the Nazi concentration camps, though now a vague distant reminder, still nestle in the recesses of the minds who know or have seen first hand.

      Thank you Ate Cristina.

      KUYA Dave.

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      fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      This is one of the hardest lessons there is to learn. You have to be dead to yourself to display this kind of love. It is what distinguishes those who have laid down their lives from those who still cling to them. God help me be one who lays down their lives for Your sake!

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Matthews it is nice to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is greatly appreciated. The NAZI concentration camps implies the vileness of men's hearts, only by God's grace this evil heart could be regenerated to bring healing and compassion. Blessings to you and regards.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi fred allen it is nice to read your comment for this hub. Your visit and additional input is greatly appreciated. Yes I agree with you this is one of the hardest lessons in christianity. Loving our enemies requires the love of God to be poured out into our hearts. The presence of God's love in our hearts will make us capable in doing it. Merely depending on our flesh it is an impossible task to do. Loving our enemies, this is one of the signs that we are living the supernatural life of a believer powered by the Spirit of God. Blessings to you and your family. Have a great day.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Cristina, Beautiful! You have given very good examples... They both demonstrate the power of God’s Grace in action! Although not always easy; we are to “overcome evil with good.”

      Thank God for His Holy Spirit! This is possible when we are walking in the Spirit and not the flesh... Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment are greatly appreciated. Though only a few verses mentioned about her the slave girl from Israel demonstrates a great testimony of forgiving and loving our enemies. Of course, Corrie ten Boom is always adorable to me, she is among women in christianity who truly impacted the world with the Gospel of the Lord JesusChrist. These ladies are just great. Yes I agree with you that we should always be thankful for the presence of the Holy Spirit, without his presence in our lives it will be impossible for us to fulfill God's will in our lives. The Holy Spirit is the key in living a powerful christian life that impacts the world. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.

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      Loves To Read 6 years ago

      Beautiful hub Cristina. This is probably the hardest thing we could ever have to do in our Christian walk. To stand as Corrie did. Face to face with someone she knew had been a very cruel and sadistic man as part of the Nazi Army. I cannot even begin to feel the kind of terror and emotion that filled her mind at that time. What strength she would have had to draw from God to actually reach out and take hold of this mans hand. Just knowing that if she did not forgive then she could not be forgiven. Wow... As with the little servant girl who held no grudge. Was Saul not of the same heart when he went around persecuting Christians. Yet God reached out to him and changed his life forever. We never know what God will ask us to do to prove our love. I just hope that i could stand as tall as these wonderful ladies did. Thank you for this lesson in forgiveness.

      Love and Hugs

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      michaelmalyon 6 years ago

      hi friend, loved your post. Thanks for reminding us of the Power that can change human hearts. May you continue to spread the good news of our mighty Saviour

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Loves to Read it is great to hear from you again. Truly loving and forgiving our enemies is one of the most difficult part of living our faith. Doing good to those who are harsh and cruel to us is a supernatural act that could be done only by a person completsely yielded to the Spirit of God. Corrie has no other alternative but to forgive her enemy, for withholding forgiveness will close heaven's forgiveness to us, but it is a very difficult task to do. It is God's love poured out in Corrie's heart that enabled her to forgive the man who had done cruelty to her. God's love in us will make us capable of loving our enemies. God's love is a supernatural love. Blessings to you always. Best regards.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi micahelmalyon thank you for dropping by and apprecaiting this hub. Blessings to you.

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      Raymond Tremain 6 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

      Hi cristina I think that you have the wrong book of Kings it is not 1st. Kings you will find it in 2nd. Kings.

      But anyway you got me to read more to find it.

      Yes if we all took notice of this girl and did what she said for us to go to the one who can cure us, we would be so much better.

      God loves us whether we like it or not.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Raymond Tremain it is good to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Thank you also for the correction. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Yes I agree with you God's love is an unconditional love. He loves us inspite of our unworthiness. Despite of our sinfulness He treasure us, and deviced a remedy to restore us to Him. God has chosen to save the world rather than let it perish forever. Blessings to you and regards.

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