Their son had been killed in a car accident less than a month earlier. As I sat in the living room of this precious couple, I was amazed by their strength and their compassion. There were still signs of heartache, grief, and suffering. But there were no hints of bitterness or anger. And folks, they had reasons to be bitter and angry.
It had been a typical Thursday. Their son was on his way to his church to lend a loving hand to someone. But he didn’t make it there. Instead, his vehicle was slammed by another. That other car was driven by a young man who had developed an impressively-long rap sheet in a mere 23 years. At the time of the accident, he was fleeing from officers who were attempting to arrest him on a parole violation.
A man who was remembered as a devoted father, husband, son, and brother was killed by a man who appeared to be none of these things – but needed to be. And that was this woman’s prayer for the young man who killed her son – that he would one day become what her son had been. She was clear, “That young man needs our prayers as much, or more than our son did.” They wanted justice, but harbored no ill-will. They were so loving and compassionate toward the one in the wrong that for a few minutes, I thought I was listening to Jesus.
Could I do the same in a similar situation? Honestly, I hope to never find out. But if this couple could love in their situation, shouldn’t we be loving in the lesser ordeals we endure? Remember, true love cares for those who do us wrong. –Dave
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27-28)
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