And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
The thing that I find hardest to do is to forgive and the person I have the hardest time forgiving I me. I struggle with forgiveness constantly. I forgive someone and then a thought crosses my mind and I am right back there when I was hurt. All the old emotions stream in and once again I am angry. So, I find myself forgiving that person time and time again hoping that this time I will finally get over the hurt.
When it comes to myself, forgiveness is even harder. I know better, I should have never acted that way or said those hurtful things. I think how can God forgive me when I cannot forgive myself. And then I look at the cross.
There is Jesus, nailed to a Roman cross and lifted up naked to die a slow agonizing death. So, what are the first recorded words He speaks after the nails have been driven through his flesh and bones, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He forgives the very people who clamor for His life. He forgives the very people who moments before nailed His body to a cross. He forgives.
It makes the hurtful words a friend said years ago seem trivial. It makes the betrayal of my first wife seem small in comparison. It makes the hurtful things I have said to love ones amount to nothing. And it makes my backsliding and falls of no consequence. The things I find so hard to forgive are nothing compared to what Jesus forgave on the cross. You see, He wasn’t just forgiving the Jews who called for his execution or the Romans who carried it out, He was forgiving me. He forgave me when I take His name in vain. He forgave me when I said hurtful things to others. He forgave me when I took something that was not mine. He forgave me when I made ungodly decisions and actions. He forgave me.
He forgave you also. No matter what you have thought or done, He forgives you. He forgave all of us.
Have a blessed day,