The Beginning of Forgiveness

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:33-34 King James Version

When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for our sins that was the beginning of forgiveness. He not only died for our forgiveness; He also set the example for us by showing us how to forgive when He said “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” If He could forgive us for hurting Him while hanging on that cross of horror and excruciating pain, how dare you and I not forgive the ones who hurt us.

There are times when we forget that we also hurt people. None of us are perfect and we would do well to remember that when we are tempted to criticize and condemn people. Sometimes we have a “holier than thou” attitude. That attitude stinks in the nostrils of Jesus. We need to understand that there are times when people don’t realize that they have hurt us. There are also times when we misinterpret what they say or do. If we would go to them in a loving manner instead of in an accusing manner and ask them what they meant, we probably wouldn’t get our feelings hurt as much as we do.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not forgiving the ones who hurt us. Fill our hearts with compassion and unconditional love for others so that we will forgive the ones who hurt us just as You forgive us when we hurt You. Help us to follow the example that Jesus set for us when He forgave us from the old rugged cross. May we be children that bring You happiness instead of children that bring You sadness. Amen.

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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