I SAW THE ANGER AND BITTERNESS MELT AWAY!!!
As I sit here this day reflecting on some events of this week so far regarding someone who sat in my class and I know God changed his heart. Then seeing on the news what the charges were, knowing there will be a lengthy prison term for him.
My first thoughts were tears, and saying God this is so hard. My heart hurts for him, and his family.
I was quickly reminded by the Lord that through HIS love this kid’s life is changed forever no matter where he will live, in prison or free.
You see this young man is not a Christian, he is a Kurdish Muslin. I was given the privilege to love on him, and show the love of the Lord to him by letting him be who he is, not trying to change him or convert him to my beliefs. He even requested to pray for the class, as we pray before the beginning of the class, and at the end of each class. I allowed him to do so.
He came into my Character First class with an angry chip on his shoulder. It finally coming out that he hated his father for the abuse of his mother and other siblings. His father had died about 2 months before the class started. Him just stating the father got to Americanized, into the drug lifestyle. The bitterness overflowed in every class. The Lord prompted my heart to let him teach the class I did on the word HONOR. How honor in this country looks very different than in other cultures. You see he was in the states because his family name was dishonored, and the family was kicked out of their village. So he was speaking from the heart. I had a new perspective on honor after that class. The other kids in the class had that same new perspective on the word honor.
The next to the last class was on the word FORGIVENESS. Forgiving yourself first, and then forgiving others that have harmed you in any way. This young man broke in that class. I saw the anger, and bitterness that he wore melt away. He forgave himself for why he was there, and forgave his father. He left that 10 week class a new person. Asking all the kids which class impacted them the most. The majority of the answers were the class on HONOR. His answer was the class on FORGIVENESS.
My heart is so full of gratefulness for the Lord allowing me to make an impact. My heart of heaviness is that I saw this young man on the TV news being charged along with 2 other Kurdish young men for killing his father.
Thank you Father God for your wonderful grace, and mercy that is new everyday. Linda Beaver