A pastor chose to forgive the drunk driver who crashed his vehicle and pardoned his 2.5 million debt despite damages.
A Difficult Childhood
Darrin Ray’s childhood revolved around corrective surgeries because of his condition. He was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Hence, he went through many surgeries in his life. For that reason, he struggled with his identity and had low self-esteem. In school, kids also bullied him. Life was hard enough for Darrin. But he overcame everything because of his faith in God.
The Pastor Lost His Leg
In August 2006, another event challenged Darrin’s faith when he was in an accident with his daughter. A drunk driver crashed into their vehicle. Thankfully, his daughter had only a few scratches. But unfortunately, Darrin suffered burns and lost his right leg.
Following the crash, he thought of getting revenge on the drunk driver. He wanted him to suffer like what the driver did to him and his family. But later on, he had a change of heart. The pastor did the opposite, doing it the Christlike way of dealing with things.
Forgives Drunk Driver
Darrin initially wanted the driver to suffer the consequences of his misdeed. But when he saw the driver during the hearing in the courtroom, the Lord began to soften his heart. His anger and bitterness was suddenly replaced with compassion. He then chose to forgive the driver for his outstanding debt for the damages, which surprised the judge.
“The judge looked at me and said, ‘Why do you want to forgive this man that debt?’” he recounted. “And I looked at that judge, and I told him, ‘Because I have a Savior that forgave me. He paid my debts that I could never repay.”
And Darrin never regretted his decision to forgive the man.
“When I forgave that man, I was instantly freed from bitterness and anger,” the pastor remarked. “When you truly think about how much Christ has forgiven you, it helps you to forgive others who have wronged you. Now, I’m able to walk in freedom and wholeness.”
Reference | Faithpot and I Am Second