One of the dangerous paths people can get on is trying to guess people’s motivations behind why they did something. The problem is that we always assume the worst in people, and it could’ve been a simple misunderstanding. When Jesus was on the cross, He asked His Father to forgive the people because they didn’t know what they were doing. Be like Jesus and choose to forgive.
“But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.”
Can You Imagine
Imagine the state of mind that Jesus was in as He hung on the cross. There were nails in His hands and feet, His back was torn up from being whipped, and people were mocking Him on the ground. In the midst of that, He asks His Father to forgive them because they didn’t know what was happening. You can’t imagine doing that, can you? Remember this scene if you ever wonder how God can forgive you of your sins. He came to earth to take our sins and give us His righteousness. You can’t beat that trade.
Do you struggle with forgiveness? This scene is repeated in the Gospel to understand that you will never find the power to forgive others inside of you. It is given through the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus being poured into your heart. There are going to be times where people hurt you profoundly, and you need some heavenly help to get over the pain. That is when you turn to Jesus and ask for the grace and mercy necessary.
Choose to Forgive
When you get in the habit of forgiving people, it becomes easier. The situations may not be easy, but your spirit is trained to extend grace and love. The key is to forgive in humility, not in judgment. The other person may be in the wrong, but that doesn’t make you better. Jesus could’ve brought judgment on everyone while He was on the cross. Choose to forgive.