Father, Forgive Them
At the moment when what was expected of hanging Jesus on the Cross as He innocently went through painful death was His final defence message and everlasting curse placed on those who had connived to put Him in such pathetic condition, but He shocked both enemies and friends as He blurred out….
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” —Luke 23:34
What Jesus successfully went through on that Cross made Him to be Christ, that is why our future with the Father is made possible. If He had refused to die and offered forgiveness… We are done for.
We know who is a genuine Christian in the moment of trial. Yes, we all have a story to tell. As you read this you may think it is impossible to forgive your unfaithful husband or wife. You may feel you cannot forgive your abusive parent. You may feel you cannot forgive what was done to your son or daughter. How can we forgive the church leader who took advantage of his position? What about the person who lied to us or about us, or the person who believed those lies? The list of potential offenses is endless. Often closer to home, there are relatives and former close friends who have become enemies.
People experience real pain when they or someone they love is hurt by another person. It is often harder to forgive when the one who has been hurt is someone you love deeply, especially your child. I find it much easier to forgive what people have said or done to me personally than what they say or do to my children.
But it is still very hard to forgive those who have hurt us directly, especially when they do not feel the slightest twinge of conscience.
But remember, at the foot of Jesus’ cross no one seemed so sorry. There was no justice at His “trial”—if you could even call it that.
What was Jesus’ response? “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). This must be our response as well.
The Bible says forgive. How many offender do you want to hold captives in your lifetime, it means you will have nothing worthwhile doing with your life but to be monitoring them in your prison of unforgiveness. This will wear you out and your life will become unprofitable. Are you ready to offer forgiveness to people in your life, who you believe had turned your life miserable, but they are God’s instruments to fulfil His purpose and plan to make your future possible. Inhale and Exhale the carbon emissions to enjoy a fresh life.
Joseph saw beyond his arrogant, selfish, intimidated brothers, Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Genesis 50:19-21 NKJV
When you have a heart to forgive, God places you as god (authority) over your enemies. When you begin to see God in your trials, to forgive will be much more easy. Remember if you do not forgive, it blocks your blessings and allows your offenders to control your life.
Good morning Father, Forgive my sins as I forgive those who offend me in Jesus’ Name.