You may have heard on the news or read in the paper that last week Governor Stitt signed a pardon for my friend, Rhonda Bear. By her own admission, she will tell you that she deserved prison, for her it was a wakeup call. She will also tell you that prison saved her life. She will tell you that drugs were at the heart of her problems.

After she had gotten out, Rhonda not only lived a different life than the one that had landed her in prison, she began to help those who were facing the same problems she had faced. She now has eight homes, in the Claremore, area for women getting out of prison and two coffee houses for them to work in. Most days will find her teaching ladies in prison or advocating on behalf of those who are trying to get their lives back on track.

To get a pardon from the state, one has to jump through a lot of hoops and prove they are worthy. To get a pardon from God, one has to admit their guilt and come to Jesus for forgiveness. It is easier to get a pardon from God than to get one from the government.

God has said, “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” (Isaiah 43:25, NLT) Psalms explains what God does for us, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:12, NIV) Remember, Jesus has paid the price for our sin. We simply need to accept it, by accepting Him!

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.