I watched a movie recently that had a great example of grace in it.
The main character was wrongly accused by her friend of hitting on her boyfriend. They were in a store together and while the friend was confronting her, she slipped a store item into the main character’s purse. She knew if she got caught stealing, she would be in huge trouble.
The main character had no idea she was carrying a store item when she walked through the sensors. The alarms went off and she was arrested.
Her dad came to pick her up and his disappointment was obvious. Not only was his daughter arrested, but the store owner was his friend. She explained her side of the story and her dad was able to talk to the store owner and get him to drop the charges.
The movie moves forward and something comes up where the main character needed a new dress for a wedding she was attending with her boyfriend’s impossible-to-please family. On her way to the store, she saw the girl who set her up. She witnessed her old friend getting roughed up and abandoned by the guy she was living with. The main character gave the money, that her dad gave her for the dress, to the friend who betrayed her.
This wasn’t the main theme of the movie, but the act of grace stood out to me. There was no reason for the main character to have mercy on this girl. The girl did the one thing to her that she knew would get her in trouble and showed no remorse. Still, the act of grace changed the course of the other girl’s life and the two renewed their friendship.
The girl who was betrayed was taken care of. She was able to get money to buy a dress and was able to restore a relationship out of a selfless love.
Hurt people hurt people. If you can get past the symptom, damaging behavior, to reach the core of the other person’s pain, you can make an eternal difference in their life. It takes extreme selflessness to counteract selfishness-turning the other cheek- and we have a Father who can take care of us as we abandon that responsibility to be who He asks us to be.
“If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?” -Jesus, John 20:23