19 years ago, Valjean stole a loaf of bread to feed a child. What
did the 19-year sentence do to Valjean?
- He came to distrust people
- He might have tried to obey the law, but he found out that people would not treat him like a human being because he made a mistake before
How was the priest able to change Valjean when 19 years of jail couldn't
and actually made him worse?
- The priest showed him the good side of people (e.g., love, sacrifice), and that there's a God who loves him.
- The priest made a major sacrifice for Valjean--he lied on his behalf. The priest had the reason and opportunity to turn Valjean to the police but he chose to forgive him and help him.
Sometimes people don't come to Jesus just because you tell them to.
Sometimes you have to do things that would show them the love of God.
Often this means making sacrifices for them. Why should you even
bother? Talking is free, but spending money or time with them may
be hard for many of us. Sometimes it is very draining (emotionally
and time-wise) to try to help someone. But these may be the steps
that need to be taken in order to change lives.
Last updated: 6/24/2000