It's been years since I watched the movie "Dead Man Walking" with Susan Sarandon. It was about the Christian woman assigned to oversee the execution of a murder/rapist in prison. I caught the last 20 minutes of the movie and it just ministered to me. I know its just a movie but the truth about our Lord Jesus is real.
The love that filled her heart to stay alongside him until the very end was a love that only comes from taking on God's heart. The forgiveness, repentance, confession and transformation that he experienced is evidence of the healing power of Christ and His gift of salvation on the Cross. Even the softening of the father of one of the murder victims' heart was evidence of the true forgiveness God calls us all too just as He forgave us. To see the movie close with the father kneeling for prayer in the church alongside the sister who shared a Godly love with the murderer of his child was so powerful.
But let me back up and say the most powerful message to me was that the Lord our God in real life is capable of and will save a sinner like this character. He was a murderer and a rapist among other things. So if the Lord can save him, forgive him, love him and offer him a seat in Heaven, how much more does He love me, forgive me, has given me salvation and is holding my seat and yours? And that's not to say that any one sin is greater than the other. But sometimes its hard for us to accept God's love when we hold ourselves guilty (condemnation) for what we've done. We don't feel deserving of a love as powerful and unconditional as the love of Christ. But I'm telling you its true and its for you and me and anyone who accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
I love the Lord with all my heart and at 4am in the morning I'm so grateful to have this reminder in the midst of my insomnia. Hope it'll remind you too.
- BJ Gianni