On October 30, 2010, Antonio Maurice Smith was murdered. His father, Robert Smith, Jr., Professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School, plans to visit the murderer in prison. And here is what he plans to say:
I asked prayer warriors to pray for me as I prepared to write the young man and to pray that he would respond affirmatively and ultimately add my name to the visitors list so that I could come and tell him in person—”Jesus loves and forgives you and so do I.” After nearly two years, in September 2012 I finally mailed that letter.
He added me to his visitors list in 2014. Soon by God’s grace I will see the young man whose face was the last face our son saw before standing in the presence of the Lord. I will offer the young man the forgiveness that Christ offers to me and to all who will believe.
I encourage you to read the full article here. It’s a powerful testimony of God’s forgiveness.