Mandesa is a woman who is living in the love of God, but it hasn’t always come easy. When her dad abandoned her when she was only two years old, it broke her heart. Then when she was brutally assaulted at age 16, she turned to food for comfort and protection. So in lieu of her past, how is it now that so many are finding God’s love with Mandesa, especially after she was humiliated on American Idol when Simon Cowell made fun of her weight? Though the producers goaded her to go back and give Simon what for, she returned to the judges panel and shocked Simon and the world when she told Simon,
- “You hurt me. It was painful. It really was. But I want you to know that I have forgiven you. You don’t need someone to apologize in order to forgive somebody. I figured that if Jesus could die so that all of my sins could be forgiven, I could certainly extend that same grace to you.”
Today, when study after study contend that harboring grudges and bitterness can lead to cancer and even heart disease, Mandesa was able to break free of her bonds. In front of the entire world, was able to tap into the power of God’s love and grace to forgive Cowell, a man who had wounded her deeply. It was that same power of God’s love and grace that helped her drop so many of those unwanted pounds.
Mandesa is quoted as saying about those who hurt her, including the man who assaulted her, in Blog Critics,
- I’m a stronger person today because of what happened. I have mercy on the guy who did this. I want people to know that you can move past this. At a point, you must forgive, it’s not for the other person, it’s for yourself. It freed me, and released the bitterness and rage from my heart.
Continue to find God with Mandesa and watch her phenomenal rendition of her song Stronger below: