The Power of Forgiveness: Esther's Courageous Act

The Power of Forgiveness: Esther's Courageous Act


Esther 4:13-14 (NIV)

“Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Esther’s life journey also showcases the power of forgiveness. She faced a pivotal moment when she had the opportunity to save her people, the Jews, from impending doom. Yet, she risked execution by approaching the king without being summoned. Mordecai, her cousin, reminded her that her position in the kingdom was for a purpose – to bring relief and deliverance to her people.

Esther’s act of forgiveness is profound. She had every reason to feel anger and bitterness, especially given her past experiences. Instead, she chose to forgive and act in a way that reflected God’s mercy and love. She placed the well-being of her people above her own safety.

In our own lives, forgiveness is often a challenging and deeply spiritual journey. Esther’s story serves as a reminder of the transformative power of forgiveness. It not only frees us from the burden of anger and resentment but also allows us to be instruments of God’s grace and healing.

Consider your own capacity to forgive. Are there situations in your life where forgiveness can lead to relief and deliverance for yourself and others? Esther’s courageous act of forgiveness not only saved her people but also fulfilled her destiny. It’s a testament to the way God can use forgiveness to bring about His redemptive plans.


Esther’s story involves a pivotal moment where she risked her life to seek forgiveness and save her people. Have you ever faced a situation where forgiveness seemed difficult or risky, either in forgiving someone else or seeking forgiveness yourself? How does Esther’s courage in approaching the king despite the risk inspire you to embrace forgiveness in challenging circumstances?

The devotion discusses how Esther and Mordecai fasted and prayed before she approached the king, seeking forgiveness and mercy. In your own life, do you turn to prayer and reflection when faced with challenging decisions or the need for forgiveness? How does Esther’s example remind you of the power of seeking God’s guidance and strength in difficult moments?