Must Read Story On Forgiveness And The Power Of The Gospel

Over and over we read in the Bible that one of the marks of a Christian is that he (or she) forgives those who have hurt him. And yet many Christians have said that is one of the most difficult things that Christ has ever called them to do, especially when they have been hurt very badly. So imagine how difficult it must be for Patricia Porter to extend forgiveness to Bobby Lee Cutts Jr., who murdered Jesse–her pregnant daughter and his girlfriend. Bobby and Jesse had a three year old boy together named Blake who is now in the custody of Ms. Porter.

Recently Patricia went to the courtroom where she extended the following words of forgiveness to Mr. Cutts.

“I have had this conversation in my head with you a million times. It is a day I will never in my life forget. When I walked in that room, the presence of evil was so strong in there you could hardly breathe, and I knew my daughter was dead. I never ever thought she walked out of that room. And when you walked up there that morning, Bobby, I never in my heart wanted to believe you could have hurt her, but in my soul I knew you had.

I remember pulling into the driveway the next day and asking God, “Where is my daughter?” and he said, “She’s with me, and she’s fine.” And I made up my mind that day that whoever did that, I would forgive them because I never wanted to allow that kind of hatred into my life. I would have never been able to raise Blake and hate you. And I’ve written a lot of things here, and none of them seem to make any sense. None of this makes sense. There’s mornings I have to cover her picture up or I can’t get out of bed. And I just move on. I pretend that one day she’ll walk through the door again, but you and I know she won’t.

I serve an amazing God, Bobby, a God that forgives and heals and restores people. And I want you to know today that I do forgive you. And I know that it’s only through him that I am able to do that, and I pray that you find him, and you find the forgiveness that nobody else in this room can give you. It doesn’t matter what anybody else in this room feels for you. And that one day you will tell the truth. I think you lied to so many people. I don’t think you know how to tell the truth. I think you’re going to have to learn all over again.

And, your Honor, I may not have a family to go home to after this, but I pray that you make a way for this man to someday be able to get out of there and begin a new life, and to hold his son, maybe as a man. And I hope you pray that I’m able to raise him to forgive you. He knows what you did. You would not believe the stories he’s told us.”

Where does Patricia Porter get the strength to forgive her daughter’s killer? That’s the question that she was asked by a reporter after the sentencing. Her answer is right on target.

“I know it sounds very cliche, but it’s because of Christ, because I’m forgiven, because I remember when Jesus hung on the cross and he asked his Father to forgive people that killed him. Nobody understands what it’s like to lose a child more than God did. He was able to forgive, and because of that I am able to forgive.”

Here’s the video.

HT: Ray Fowler

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