An African chief got wind
of a mutiny being planned in his tribe. In an effort
to quash the revolt, he called the tribe together and
said that anyone caught in rebellion would be given
one hundred lashes, without mercy.
A short time later, to the chief’s dismay he
found that his own brother was behind the revolt. He
was trying to overthrow him so he could be head of the
tribe. Everyone thought the chief would break his word.
But being a just man, he had his brother tied to a tree.
Then he had himself tied next to him, and he took those
one hundred lashes across his own bare flesh, in his
brother’s place. In doing so, he not only kept
his word (justice was done), but he also demonstrated
his great love and forgiveness toward his brother.