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Forgiveness in the Courtroom


John Stonestreet

News outlets and social media feeds exploded this week with video of one of the most beautiful, powerful, and moving testimonies to the love of God that you’ll ever see.

In a Dallas courtroom, Brandt Jean is addressing Amber Guyger, a former police officer just sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing Brandt’s brother, Botham.

As he chokes back tears, Brandt offers Guyger forgiveness, “I don’t even want you to go to jail,” he says. “I want the best for you, because that’s exactly what Botham would want you to do. And the best would be give your life to Christ.”

Then, he asked Judge Tammy Kemp, “Can I give her a hug please?” Brandt and Guyger embraced.

And if that weren’t enough, Judge Kemp hugged the Jean family, went to her chambers and returned with her personal Bible, which she gave Guyger, and urged her to read it. Then Judge Kemp hugged Guyger.

Glory to God.


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