Wow, this is so incredible. Just one day after their elderly father, Robert Godwin Sr., was brutally murdered by a deranged man who then posted the killing on Facebook, the three Godwin children already have forgiven the murderer, Steve Stephens.
In an awe-inspiring interview with Anderson Cooper Monday night, the three children shared that forgiveness is what their father would've wanted. More than that, it's what he modeled, reports FaithWire.
“The thing I would take away most from my father is he taught us about God, how to fear God, how to love God and how to forgive. Each one of us forgive the killer, the murderer, we want to wrap our arms around him,” said Tonya Godwin Baines.
“You do?” Cooper asked incredulously.
“We absolutely do," Baines affirmed. "I honestly can say right now I hold no animosity towards this man because I know that he’s a sick individual… I promise you I could not do that (forgive) if I didn’t know God, if I didn’t know him as my God and my Savior. I could not forgive that man. And I feel no animosity against him at all. I actually feel sadness in my heart for this man.”
Not only have Godwin's kids forgiven Stephens, they are moved with compassion for his family. “We lost our dad but this mother lost her son, his children lost their dad.”
Cooper was shocked they would be thinking about their dad's murderer's family at a time like this, but the Godwin children shared it was how they were raised:
“It’s just what our parents taught us. It wasn’t that they just taught it, they didn’t just talk it, they lived it. People would do things to us and we would say ‘Dad, are you really going to forgive them, really?’ and he would say ‘yes, we have to.’ My dad would be really proud of us, and he would want this from us. He would say, Tonya, forgive them, because they know not what they do.”
Watch the incredible interview here.
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