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Forgiveness - Dr Paseka Nicholo - Story
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:02:31 AM »
VALUES:  Forgiveness; Second chances

STORY:       Dr Paseka Ncholo, a South African businessman, lost his younger brother to a hi-jacking in Boksburg. His brother had just obtained an honours degree, and was taking a drive around town to celebrate.

The murderer stole the car, but was captured soon afterwards.

When the case came to court, Ncholo, instead of demanding justice and taking revenge, chose to show forgiveness. Instead of calling for a strict sentence for his brother’s murderer, he helped the killer get a comparatively lenient sentence.

He also offered in court to look after the killer’s HIV-afflicted  parents, and to educate his brothers and sisters and take care of their needs.

People thought that Ncholo was mad – they would not have been so forgiving. They would have demanded the killer be locked up for life and would have left his family to fend for themselves.

But what Ncholo did can serve as an example to us of choosing a way of reconciliation and forgiveness.


TEACHING POINT:

Forgiveness is being willing to stop blaming others and being angry with them when they have done something wrong. This story also highlights the value of second chances, which is giving someone the opportunity to try again, even though they messed up the first time.

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