What does GOD call a prisoner? FORGIVEN!
This week we saw a dramatic example of how the power of forgiveness in Christ grabbed the headlines. A Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced for the shooting death of her unarmed neighbor in his apartment, and at her sentencing, the victim’s 18-year-old brother Brandt Jean publicly forgave her.
While speaking in the courtroom, Brandt said: “I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you…give your life to Christ…I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham (Brandt’s deceased brother) would want for you.” Then he asked the judge if he could give her a hug, and the image of that embrace went viral. I admire what Brandt did.
And I know from personal experience, it’s not easy to forgive someone who took the life of your loved one. But this is the true pathway to reconciliation and transformation. Ephesians 4:32 tells us what to do:
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
This is what Paid in Full Oregon is about – seeing the lives of adults in custody transformed through the love and power of Christ. Our classes begin next Monday, October 14, and sitting in that room will be 25 men who have made poor choices. But this is a new day for each one of them. In Christ, they are forgiven!
Please plan to attend our banquet on November 9, where you will hear some amazing stories of how God is at work in the lives of adults in custody.