A stunning act of forgiveness in a Dallas courtroom this week has caught the imagination of the country – and God apparently set the stage for the final scene in the highly publicized trial.
Eighteen-year-old Brandt Jean actually hugged Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed Brandt's brother, Botham, a little more than a year ago when she mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was hers. Even Brandt Jean's family didn't know he was going to make such an unusual request during the sentencing hearing for Guyger:
Brandt Jean: "I want the best for you. That's exactly what Botham would want you to do – and the best would be [to] give your life to Christ. I don't know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug, please? Please?"
Judge Tammy Kemp: "Yes."
As reported by The Associated Press, Judge Kemp also hugged Guyger and gave her a Bible before she was led from the courtroom Wednesday.
The inspiring scene moved many people to reach out in forgiveness to someone in their past. But Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist-Dallas, during an interview on American Family Radio, said God had already been preparing Guyger for the moment.
"She actually worked as an off-duty Dallas policeman [for our church]; we hired Dallas policemen starting years ago," the pastor explained. "But after the shooting, she was a totally broken person … and she came here and started sitting on the back row of the church just to be encouraged."
Jeffress said the wife of the executive pastor at First Baptist-Dallas noticed Guyger and took her under her wings and started meeting with her every Sunday morning early for Bible study and prayer.
"The day before the trial began, I prayed with her and her family and prayed for God's will to be done," the pastor recalled. "This is a story of grace extended by the victim's family, and grace received by Amber."
According to Jeffress, Guyger's family is expected to attend his church on Sunday – and he's ready to pray for them.
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