It's a terrible situation and the jury just sentenced her. The victims brother is clearly one whose life has been transformed by God's word.
His response to the woman who killed his brother provides an excellent example of the power of forgiveness. Here are some lessons learned that demonstrate the wisdom of forgiveness.
Here's what I shared on our Facebook/KingdomLeague page.
He says "the best thing you can do, is to give your life to Christ."
This is a beautiful example of forgiveness. It's wise to!
- Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
- Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If you do not forgive, you set yourself up for a root of bitterness.
- Hebrews 12:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
Unforgiveness is like taking a poison pill and hoping it kills the other person as you relive the offense over and over again in your mind.
Forgiveness does not condone a wrong word or action but rather transfers the judgment out of your hands and puts it in to God's hands.
At the same time, this situation demonstrates there are civil consequences for actions that even though a person is forgiven, there are still consequences for the error of their ways.
- Ecclesiastes 8:11 says that, "Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. "
- Justice rendered to evil, in a timely fashion is a deterrent to lawless acts.
Be aware that forgiveness does not always wipe away the consequences required by justice, especially in human courts.