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Indiana Pastor: “I Want to Share the Gospel With the Men Who Killed My Wife”

Pastor Davey Blackburn’s 28-year-old wife, Amanda, was shot and killed last November during a home invasion in Indianapolis. She was also 12 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child. The story shocked churches around the nation, as congregations rallied to support the young pastor in such a devastating situation.

Now, with Larry Taylor, Jalen Watson and Diono Gordon scheduled to appear in court May 10 for Amanda Blackburn’s murder, Blackburn is speaking out about the incident with his former pastor, Perry Noble. He shares candidly about the emotions he experiences when he wakes up every day and how he’s come to realize that forgiveness isn’t an emotion, but a choice.

“Everyday I have to wake up … and I have to decide to forgive. And here’s why I decided to decide to forgive: It’s because bitterness and unforgiveness is going to be a cancer to no one else except for me. And it’s going to eat me up inside if I hang on to that.”

He told Noble that he realized that no one can be sure what’s going to happen this side of eternity, and that’s why his trust has to be in Jesus. He shared, “[But] on the other side of eternity, Jesus is going to restore and make all things bad completely untrue, and so he’s going to take care of vengeance, all I have to do is trust that he’s got all this in control.”

Not only does Davey Blackburn trust Jesus to make all things new, he hopes he gets the chance to share the Gospel with the men who killed his wife and child. “I know this sounds crazy, and I honestly don’t know how I’m going to do it outside the grace of God, but I really hope I get the opportunity to share the gospel with these guys.”

Blackburn is the pastor of Resonate Church in Indianapolis.

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Carrie Kintz is a freelance writer and communication strategist. She works with ministries and individuals across the country, helping them figure out what to say and how to say it in the digital space. Carrie has also spoken at conferences such as the Best of Social Media Summit and That Church Conference. When she's not writing (or tweeting), she enjoys hiking, time with friends and a good cup of coffee