Working at an attorney’s office, I come across various case records. The violation of traffic laws and thefts are most common, and there are some unfamiliar names of crimes that I’ve heard for the first time in my life.
Among violators, there are some who committed crimes without knowing if they were doing things against the law or not; on the other hand, there are some who committed the same crimes repeatedly and come to ask for favor once again.
Sometimes, the mother of an accused, who committed a serious crime, visits my office and asks for advocacy. An old lady who is hard of hearing calls several times a day, asking for defense for her son. On behalf of their son who is in a detention center, his parents visit the victim’s families one by one, make an apology and receive a petition from them. Seeing them, I become convulsed with anger.
‘Why on earth do we have to speak on behalf of criminals who committed such heinous crimes we can’t even mention?’
‘People who commit those kinds of crimes cause their parents so much grief just for being their son.’
Shaking my head, I thought that trying to understand such criminals was a waste of time, contrary on forgiveness. Then I came to my senses. What I thought about them was just like the relationship between Heavenly Parents and me. The sinner, who committed a heinous sin and is asking for favorable arrangements with a brazen face, was none other than me.
In order to save such a sinner, Heavenly Father and Mother came to this earth and went through all sorts of sufferings. Despite that, I was confident as if I were a righteous person, forgetting that I was a sinner. Maybe somewhere in heaven the angels are thinking,
‘Is it necessary to save such a sinner? Why should God sacrifice Herself for such a sinner?’
I’d like to take off the trait of sin immediately, which was deeply embedded in my flesh like a habit. I want to repent with a mind of thanksgiving to our Heavenly Parents who sacrificed Themselves to save us, and produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
C.A from Korea