This past weekend, Dallas Cowboy linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a car accident. His teammate, Cowboy defensive lineman Josh Brent, was charged with intoxication manslaughter charges. Brent was the driver. The two had been close friends since playing college ball together.
Today, Josh Brent is out on bail and is attending Brown’s funeral—at the request (insistence) of Brown’s mother. In fact, she wants him to ride with her in the car on the way to the funeral.
THAT is REAL grace.
When does your forgiveness reach its limit? This is a question I ask myself all the time. Would I go out of my way to forgive someone who would hurt one of my most loved ones? Would I ask them to sit next to me in the car on the way to the funeral?
That’s exactly what Jerry Brown’s mom did. She considers Brent part of her family, which plays a big part in wanting him there, I’m sure. But how many of us would be that gracious?
The fact is, not one of us can know how we’d truly react in that kind of situation. Until we face a difficulty, we often do not know what kind of mettle we are made of.
This is why we need to forgive. We practice forgiveness and offering grace. We extend it in the smallest situations because we might need to call upon God for help when forgiveness is needed in the biggest situations.
Practice forgiveness with someone today. Maybe it’s with something small someone has done or maybe it’s with yourself. Look at how Jesus patterns this in His life so that it comes naturally when He’s hanging on the cross, dripping with grace for the very people nailing Him to that cross.
Sow that seed of forgiveness today so it can be fruitful, life-giving grace tomorrow.