Look Beyond Their Faults

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

Dottie Rambo wrote a beautiful inspiring song that never fails to encourage and comfort me. “He Looked Beyond My Fault”. These words touch my heart deeply “I do not know, just why He came to love me so. He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.” Those of us who claim to be Christians need to look beyond the faults of our families and friends and see their needs. We need to forgive them. Isn’t that what Jesus did for us when He said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”?

Our precious Saviour looked beyond our faults and saw that we needed help and someone to love us. He forgave us even while He was hanging on that cross of horror and torture with the blood flowing down His body. He had been beaten beyond recognition. We only have a fingernail’s glimpse of the pain and suffering He endured for us. Not only was His body bruised and broken; His heart was also bruised and broken. O’ what a loving and compassionate Saviour we have, this Jesus of Nazareth!

I think that you have probably read this “Hurting people hurt people”. When people hurt us, our first impulse is to hurt them. However, if we have invited Jesus into our hearts to be our personal Saviour, we need to realize that everyone is watching us to see if we really are saved. The next time people hurt you, look beyond their faults and see their needs and forgive them. They need to know that Jesus loves them unconditionally.

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