But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. –James 3:17-18 NKJV
The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant is a story about the pit bulls retrieved from the Michael Vick dog fighting ring. It’s not for the faint of heart because it does go into some gruesome detail of what they have endured; but after being rescued, the book tells about their redemption as well. The team assembled to assess the dogs didn’t have very high hopes that any of the dogs would be able to go on to live normal lives. After all, their history included fighting and abuse. However, the team was surprised during their evaluations of the dogs. Forty-seven out of fifty-one dogs were saved and went on to good homes or were taken care of at rescue organizations. The dogs proved that regardless of their past, they were redeemable.
Sometimes we can make an assumption about someone’s character based on their history. We might think that they can’t really change, right? Imagine the greatness and potential that would be missed if we didn’t give someone the chance to show their true and restorable nature regardless of what they had endured. Jesus loves us regardless of our past. Why should we hold someone’s past against them if Jesus doesn’t hold it against them?
Ask God to put someone in your path who has experienced redemption. Listen to their story to see how God changes people.
Be brave and tell your story. Let others witness what redemption looks like.