The family of a man whose murder was posted in a Facebook Live video displayed a truly blessed display of faith while talking about the killer, and God’s forgiveness during a live TV interview.
Interviewed by Anderson Cooper, Debbie Goodwin and Tony Godwin Baines, the man’s daughter’s were asked “if this person is out there listening, what do you want them to know? Obviously you want them to turn themselves in, but what do you want to say to them?”
Debbie Goodwin replied
“I would say turn yourself in, that would be number one, I mean because although I do believe in forgiveness, I do believe in the law, meaning, when you break the law, there’s a penalty for breaking the law. And this man broke the law by taking my father’s life.”
“And so although I forgive him,” she explained, “there is still a penalty that he must pay for what he did to my dad. And so I would want him to turn himself in. And you know what, I believe that God would give me the grace to even embrace this man. And hug him.”
“Without anything, I truly do,” she continued. “It’s just the way my heart is, it’s the right thing to do. And so, I just would want him to know that even in his worst state, he’s loved, you know, by God, that God loves him, even in the bad stuff that he did to my dad. That he’s still loved. And that he has some worth while, even though he’s gonna have to go through many things to get better, there’s worth in him.”
“And as long as there’s life in him, there is hope for him too,” Godwin concluded. “I do believe that.”
Clearly this is a family who believes in the Lord and this takes amazing strength, we ourselves don’t think we could be this strong.
— MinisteringLove (@Repairerofthebr) April 17, 2017
God Bless them. We pray for this victim, his family and we pray for our amazing police looking for him.
Watch the full interview here: