by Darla Noble
But the free gift isn’t like the trespass. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
Karl Plagge was as German soldier in WWII who fell for Adolph Hitler’s rhetoric to rebuild Germany to its former state of prominence and wealth. Plagge, also an engineer, rose through the ranks of the Nazi party and by 1941 found himself in charge of the slaughter of Lithuanian Jews. Instead of embracing this role, Plagge took dangerous and drastic measures to save the lives of hundreds of Jews by issuing permits that kept them out of the concentration camps and provided decent food for them to eat.
Plagge’s efforts weren’t enough to keep thousands of Jews in Lithuania from being slaughtered, but they were such that when he was later being tried for war crimes after Germany fell to the Allied Forces, Jews who had benefitted from Plagge’s efforts wrote letters in his defense.
Karl Plagge, a presumed enemy of the Jews, risked his life for those he was ‘supposed’ to hate. If a man like that would do these things for people he didn’t even know, just image what God, who created each and every one of us, will do for us when we let Him!
DO IT: Make a list of people you consider to be your enemies—people you don’t get along with, people who have hurt your feelings, etc.. Do something kind for each of them this week.