Roy Anthony Borges was sentenced to a term of 45 years in a Florida penitentiary for robbery. He has become a Christian and is a law clerk in the prison library. Roy tells this story in an article he wrote for DISCIPLESHIP JOURNAL and
MEN OF INTEGRITY magazine in 1998:
“Where the strong prey on the weak, loving your enemies can seem self-destructive. Rodney stole my radio and headphones while I was in the prison yard playing volleyball. I had no way to prove it and, since we couldn’t receive more gifts at the time, couldn’t replace them.
“The old Roy wanted to knock that wisecrack grin off Rodney’s face. That’s how I had solved my problems in the past. God’s been teaching me another way, however, since I became a Christian. He tells me vengeance is His. I decided to pray for Rodney.
“Later, my job as a prison law clerk took me to the confinement cells. Rodney’s days of stealing from other prisoners had caught up with him. As I passed his cell, he asked if I remembered him.
"Sure, you’re the guy who stole my radio."
"That weren’t me," he lied.
“‘That’s all right, Rodney, I forgive you.’ I...Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)
Related Sermon Illustrations
Contributed by Dawn Marie Turner on Nov 2, 2004
A good-looking society woman was invited to an expensive fund-raising dinner in New York City. She was seated next to a wealthy lawyer. During the meal, they had a chance to get to know each other and were having a good time. When the meal was finished, the lawyer leaned over and asked the woman if ...read more
Contributed by Donnie Martin on May 9, 2002
Nobody to Forgive Me Not long before she died in 1988, in a moment of surprising candor in television, Marghanita Laski, one of our best-known secular humanists and novelists, said, “What I envy most about you Christians is your ...read more
Contributed by Larry Norman on May 10, 2002
When Robert Ingersoll the notorious skeptic, was in his heyday, two college students went to hear him lecture. As the walked down the street after the lecture, one said to the other, “Well, I guess he knocked the props out from under Christianity, didn’t he?” The other said, “No, I don’t think he ...read more
Contributed by David Parks on Oct 21, 2004
On her 60th birthday, a woman from Brooklyn decided to prepare her last will and testament. She went to her rabbi to make two final requests: First, she insisted on cremation. “What is your second request?” the rabbi asked. “I want my ashes scattered over Bloomingdale’s.” “Bloomingdale’s. Why ...read more
Contributed by Guy Glass on Mar 17, 2004
Charles Caleb Colton once said, “To look back to antiquity is one thing, to ...read more