One of the most famous crimes in American history occurred on July 12, 1994 when Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. Hours later television cameras showed OJ Simpson’s white Ford Bronco being followed by Los Angeles police on a Southern California Freeway.
In the months ahead, America tuned in for the “trial of the century”. Most Americans were shocked when the jury acquitted OJ. After the trial, Americans went back to work and got on with their lives.
However, Kim Goldman (Ron Goldman’s sister) lost her older brother and was NEVER able to return to her life. For 20 years, she has been angry and consumed with this pain in her past. So consumed by her anger, last year she released a book entitled “Can’t Forgive”.
Meanwhile, that same year witnessed another crime. It involved a young mom named Monique. She and her husband (Auguste) had two children and lived in Rwanda. Sensing the civil war that was about to break out in their region, Monique, Auguste, and their children fled their home one night. Unfortunately, while on the run her husband was captured and murdered by the blade of a machete. In total fear Monique hid her children in the home of an acquaintance. She would later discover that this “friend” secretly had the children killed.
Monique would spend months alone on the run experiencing life like an animal. She would sleep in the fields, salvage for food, and nearby enemy soldiers would abuse her. She would survive even though she initially wished she hadn’t. Like Kim Goldman, Monique was bitter and angry because of all that had been taken from her in 1994.
A few years later, a friend introduced Monique to Christ and His indescribable forgiveness. In 2004 (10 years later) Monique made a difficult and courageous decision. Monique decided to forgive no matter what. Monique walked back into the village where these dark/painful days of her past occurred. She approached her offenders one-by-one to inform them that she made a decision to forgive them. The hardest conversation was with the lady who had given up her children to be murdered.
Eventually, Monique married again and had another son. Over time, Monique began a weekly Bible study for other ladies who’d also been raped during the war.
Two people experienced deeply painful tragedies twenty years ago. One made a decision to forgive no matter what and is now finding purpose and joy. The other hasn’t and now dreams about revenge.
The greatest difference between the two is ONE decision. Forgiveness always begins with a decision to forgive no matter what.
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Here are some additional ideas to encourage you:
- Spend time with other people who have overcome deep hurts
- Read books like As We Forgive for more inspirational stories like Monique
- Lean hard into history’s greatest forgiver: Jesus.
You’re ONE decision away from redeeming your painful past into His beautiful purposes.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph. 3:20
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