Yale professor, Miroslav Volf, writes compellingly about his experience while living in Croatia under Communist rule. In his book, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace, he describes the psychological torture of a police officer who had detained and interrogated him for his objection to the government at the time. In the end, Volf was deeply hurt by this experience. Yet, he also came to realize how important it was for him to forgive his tormentor. Basically, Volf realized that if he did not forgive the guard, the guard would continue to hold power over him and, thus, continue to traumatize him. For Volf, forgiveness was an act of liberation fundamental to life.
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