THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
In August, 2011, Iranian state television broadcast a powerful scene from an operating room of a hospital. A woman named Ameneh had a chance to enforce the Sharia law of an eye for an eye. Back in 2004 she had rejected a marriage proposal from a man named Majid. In anger he had poured acid on her face, permanently blinding her. Now the state was allowing her to exact revenge. Majid was on his knees waiting for Armeneh to pour acid on his eyes. Instead, at the last minute, she forgave him. Majid wept and said that Ameneh was “very generous.”
Had she poured acid on him, no one would have noticed. Sharia law would have been fulfilled. But the power of her forgiveness was picked up by newspapers across the world. All sensed that Ameneh had applied a divine standard. Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘eye for eye, and tooth for tooth,’ but I tell you, do not resist an evil person” (Matt. 5:38-39). “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27).