Forgive Them

Forgiveness is one of the toughest things humans have to do. Putting aside our pain and pride we have to remove judgment. We have to let them off of the hook and go one as if life was normal. Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues we can learn as a young Christian. To be able to forgive is essential to our spiritual growth.

Luke 23:32

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

The Bigger Picture

Imagine what you state of mind would be after suffering what Christ has and then to be hanging on the Cross. It would be easy to be angry or even defeated. Jesus replies to all of this with “Forgive them.” In my book that is pretty amazing! Who in their right mind would do that? Jesus knew something that’s easy for us to miss. He saw the big picture and understood that most of these people were either following orders or had been convinced by other people. They didn’t realize that the Son of God was right there with them. Isaiah 53 was being fulfilled, and they didn’t know it. All they knew was that they were crucifying someone.

See Beyond the Moment

This shows us an important lesson about forgiveness. Many times the people who are hurting us have no clue what they are doing. We need to have the same heart that Jesus does. Forgive them. Look at them with love and see beyond the moment. Sure the pain that is inflicted is real. Yes, we have to fight the urge for revenge. What is important is that we rise above it. Jesus rose above it by going to the cross so that our sins could be forgiven.

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