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welcome to episode 12 of enjoy the
journey with Arron chambers and today I want to talk to you about forgiveness
the whole world on social media right now is talking about what happened
yesterday in the courtroom in Texas where Dallas
police officer Amber Guyer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the
tragic death Botham Jean she came into actually his
apartment he’d been sitting there on the couch eating ice cream just enjoying his
evening and she walked in thinking was her apartment and she shot him and
killed him horrible injustice and sickening and yeah then she’s won in
prison for for 10 years well what’s getting a baby’s attention
is not just the trial on the verdict but what his brother Brant Jean did in the
courtroom he spoke to amber before her sentencing and he showed christ-like
love grace and forgiveness if you haven’t seen I want to show you I don’t want to say twice or for the
hundredth time what you’ve or how much you’ve taken from us I think you know
that but I just I hope you go to God with all what all
the guilt all I think the bad things you may have done in the past each and every
one of us may have done something that we’re not supposed to do if you truly
are sorry I know I can speak for myself I I forgive you and I know if you go to
God and ask him he will forgive you and I don’t think anyone could said
again I was speaking for myself not even bad for my family but I love you just
like anyone else and I’m not gonna say I hope you rot and
die it’s just like my brother did but I see I I personally want the best for you
and I wasn’t gonna ever say this in front of my family or anyone but I don’t
even want you to go to jail I want the best for you because I know that’s what that’s
exactly what both one would want you to do and the best would be gave your life
to Christ but I’m not gonna say anything else
I think giving your life to Christ and be the best thing that both would want
you to do again I love you as a person and I don’t wish anything bad on you I don’t know if this is possible but okay
can I give her a hug please please yes watch that for the first time yesterday
i sat and cried it was like looking at Jesus Jesus is the model for forgiveness
he modeled that for us when he was on the cross and he was dying for our sins
Luke 23:34 we read Jesus said Father forgive them for they know not what they
do he was being crucified executed in a horrible fashion and was experiencing
injustice and his response was to offer forgiveness
here’s a couple things about forgiveness firstly one say is this is forgiveness
is a transfer of power we all have been wronged we all have
people for whom we have anger and frustration resentment all kinds of
feelings but what I’ve realized is forgiveness is really a transfer of
power because when we are hurt when we were angry when we are wanting revenge
we and not forgetting somebody we are investing a ton of power a ton of power
and we’re allowing that person to have a power over us they are you know we’re
allowing them to consume our thoughts our passions our day we’re just giving
that person so much power to own us and to direct our lives and so forgiveness
it’s really a transfer of power it’s really taking that power back and saying
I’m not going to like you have that much power over me anymore
now it’s really a brand day yesterday with Amber is he he took the power back
and said I am going to use the power instead of lugging you had that power
over me for the next many years for what you did to my brother
I’m gonna take that power back and I might use it to love you and when you
forgive somebody it’s taking that power back it’s a transfer of power don’t let
someone else have that much power over you take it back and use it for good
forgiveness is also transformational it changes everything it’s really
interesting when you are not forgiving somebody when you’re holding a grudge
against somebody it’s as if they’re trapped in the dungeon of your soul you
create this prison in the dungeon of your soul and you enjoy having that
person locked up they hurt you go there as much as you can you tell
them you’re horrible person you wronged me you deserve this you shake your
finger at that every single day you draw a lot of pleasure I’m going to see them
in the dungeon of your soul and they’re prisoners so you know every prisoner is
innocent right so they will say you know whatever they want to say whatever they
do it doesn’t matter it’s just a prisoner they’re dehumanized
and so nothing they do matters they are just a prisoner and you want them to
diet prisoner I want to challenge you in the area forgiveness I want to challenge
you to release that person who’s locked in the dungeon of your soul let them go
it’s a transformation because here’s a thing if you’re going down every day and
rerunning somebody of how much they hurt you because they lock they’re locked in
the dungeon of your soul their prisoner you’re a warden and what’s sad is you’re
there by choice like you’re free to go home you’re free to do something else
but you are choosing to use your freedom to go to the dungeon of your soul and
just let somebody know how much you heard me and I want to just say I want
to challenge you forgiveness is transformational when you
forgive somebody for yourself you’re no longer a warden you are a fellow human
being and that’s important another thing is this is you freed them they go from
an object of scorn and ridicule and hatred to a person and somebody who’s
created the image of God it transforms them it liberates them and they’ll
experience a newfound freedom as they interact with you it also changes the
world that’s what’s so fascinating about this
thing with what Brampton yesterday was it’s millions of people are captivated
by the image of true christ-like forgiveness it’s it’s amazing as I wrap
up I want to say a few things the first thing is this I want to challenge you to
embrace God’s forgiveness you may feel no better than your worst
mistake and that’s what Satan does he likes to remind us of how bad we are
and some of you are just reluctant to embrace God’s forgiveness and you just
feel so horrible and so the person that you have locked in a dungeon of your
soul to you and you go down there I want to encourage you with some truth first
John 1:9 if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness allow the love of Jesus Christ what he
did on the cross to matter in your life into you so embrace God’s forgiveness
and the second thing is this I want to challenge you to share God’s forgiveness
share it that as you’ve seen in the world’s reaction to Brandt John’s loving
words to the woman who shot his innocent brother and killed him
the world is stunned the world is shocked it is so refreshing to see that
kind of love lived out and people are sharing it and talking about it because
it is so incredible and I want to challenge you be somebody who shows
christ-like grace love and forgiveness and if you if you and I do that the
world will stop and take notice you

James Carver

2 Replies to “ETJ 12: Brandt Jean, Jesus, and Forgiveness”

  1. Black People in America know that if this was reversed this would have never happened and the sentence would have been a lot heavier. It’s very difficult as a person that experiences so much racism to forgive it especially when these injustices continue to happen. I pray that God will help me with this because I know that if I Do not forgive I will not be forgiven. Pray for me.

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