Forgive them

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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