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FORGIVENESS

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A Michigan man whose wife pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill him, asked the judge to be lenient with her sentence. Jake Merfeld’s wife was caught on tape in April, making a deal with an undercover police officer posing as a hit man. She told the undercover officer that killing him would be easier than divorcing him. She also asked the officer to make the slaying look like a robbery, and gave him the key to their home. When the case came to court, Merfeld’s wife pleaded guilty. Before the sentence was announced Merfeld asked the judge for a lighter penalty. He told the judge, I whole heartedly forgive my wife for all she has done in this act of hatred.” He added, “I know that my wife is a wonderful person. She is a godly woman.” The judge did not say if the plea influenced him. He handed down a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Husband asks judge for lighter penalty for 'Godly' wife who tried to kill him, http://www.theindychannel.com/news/u-s-world/husband-asks-judge-for-lighter-penalty-for-godly-wife-who-tried-to-kill-him, Accessed July 31, 2013.

Ephesians 4:32 (CEV) Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.

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