Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sharletta Evans Forgave Her Son's Killer: Should Black Women Forgive Killers of Their Family Members?

Sharletta Evans forgave her son's killer, Raymond Johnson.  Johnson was responsible for taking the life of her adorable little boy, Casson when he was sleeping with his brothers in the car.   These sort of stories frustrate us as black women, because many black people call us stuck up or snobby when we hesitate to come into the black community, but they never think about all of the drive-by shootings or other criminal acts that takes innocent lives of young children and even grown-ups.  How can we ever unite with our race when we risk losing a family member or even our own life, because of drive-by shootings, etc?   However, it happened to Sharletta Evans back in 1995 and she made a wise decision to forgive her son's killer.

After speaking with Johnson in prison, Sharletta actually held his hands and prayed with him, which is a courageous step of forgiveness, something God commands us in His Word to do.   For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14).   In God's Word God makes it plan sisters, He tells us to forgive, because if not, our Father will not forgive us.  Think about it, when we committed various sins in our lives and God was so loving and kind, He did not remember anything we did once we became saved. In Matthew 7:19, our Word says, 'He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.'  Therefore, no matter how hard it is, not only as black women, but as born again Christians must forgive.   We have to forgive those whom kill us with words and even take the lives of our family members and this often happens within the black community.

Could you forgive this man in the above photo, if you shot your little boy 17 years ago?  If not, then you must ask the Lord to thoroughly cleanse you on a daily basis.  Many of us as black women already have a hard time forgiving those whom mistreated us within our families.  However, this is a spiritual check-up to see where we are in Christ.  Let us thank God for our dear sister, Sharletta Evans, because if it was not for her story, we would not be able to ask ourselves that question.  So, let us train our spirits to love God so much, we will do what He commands us to do.   Maybe your unforgiveness does not involve a killer who took your child's life, but it could be a relative who slept with your man, a relative who slept with your father or even your neighbor who does things to provoke you to anger and tries to steal your peace on a daily basis, regardless of what it is, all of us must learn how to forgive.  Forgiveness can sometimes be a slow process and it will take time.  God is just waiting on you to tell Him, you forgive those whom hurt you.  It is does not have to do with being in the presence of someone whom hurt you.  Some people do not believe you have forgiven, if you remain distant from those whom hurt you, but sometimes, you must do that depending on the situation.   We heard one preacher say, he would not continue to hold out his hand out and allow a dog to keep on biting it and so it is the same with people.  Even the Bible says to beware of dogs (Philippians 3:2).   Some people, both men and women have doggish spirits (evildoers) and Satan uses them to continuously steal your joy.  Some may not even ask for your forgiveness, after knowing they hurt you, but you still must forgive them, just beware of their evil spirit and pray for them.

Here are two other scriptures that come to mind.  If you notice, none of them said what type of people to forgive or depending on what they did, God just told us to forgive.
  • Matthew 5:44-But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  • Luke 6:28-Bless them that curse you, and pray for them who despitefully use you.
Therefore sisters, we are obligated to be like Sharletta Evans and most importantly we should be like Jesus Christ.

Are you saved?  Maybe you hurt someone and you cannot forgive yourself, because they did not forgive you.   In a fit of rage, you probably hit someone or said mean words years ago, but you still feel like the person hates you for it.   Sister, God loves you and is just waiting on you to come to Him to repent.   It does not matter if people do not forgive you.  Sometimes, people claim they do, but they bring up things to remind you.  You must pray for them, because that hurts and that is one of the main reasons why people do not serve God.  Many times, people feel condemned by those whom say they are saved, but they make them feel like dirt by bringing up the past.   This even happens to many of you whom already know Jesus Christ.  If they do not forgive you in their hearts, pray for them, because God said He will not forgive them.  Therefore, we do not want anyone to be lost, so we have got to keep them in our prayers and forgive them.   Possibly, you are on the other end, someone hurt you, but you cannot get over what they done or said to you.  They never asked for your forgiveness, but they have smiled in your face or always have the audacity to pick up the phone, when you are speaking to someone else.   Remember, these are people and all you have to do is forgive them and you let God take care of the rest.  

If you need Jesus in your life, we want to invite you to go straight to our Salvation page and give your soul to Him.  Surrender your life to Jesus, no matter how bad someone has hurt you.  Many of you are already saved, but you need spiritual strength, we have a link to our videos page on our Salvation page and there you will receive spiritual strength by listening to sermons preached by various preachers.   God loves you dear sisters and stay strong in Him.

The moment I held hands with the murderer who shot dead my baby son: Mother's extraordinary encounter in jail where gunman is serving life

A mother has come face-to-face with the killer of her three-year-old son, and has described the extraordinary moment she took hold of his hands, praying that they would cause no more hurt.

Sharletta Evans, from Denver, Colorado, has spent the past 17 years trying to come to terms with the death of her son Casson after he was shot dead in a drive-by shooting while...Read full article, here.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk


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