FORGIVE THEM!

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).

Jesus pleaded, at the time of surrendering His life to God, “Father forgive them” for those who had insulted Him, wounded and handed Him over to the death in the cross. Amidst difficult situation and in the midst of agony, Jesus could forgive those who were the cause for those tribulations and this made Jesus great.

At some times, the thought of taking revenge and doing evil for evil will be at the forefront in you. Indeed this is a human tendency. But while dying on the Cross after taking the form of a man, Jesus Christ showed you the model of how to forgive your enemies.

In order to love you, Jesus Christ took birth in this world. Even at the time of death, He continued to possess the nature of forgiving others. This is the footstep He has left behind. It is the path He showed for it to reflect in your life. Are you walking in it or you turn aside and go astray?

Jesus Christ alone is one to forgive your sins. For the sake of His Name, your sins are forgiven because His Name is above all other names. “Without shedding of blood, there is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

Because of the wrong things which happen in your life, you are in need of forgiveness. It may be your family life or your work spots, when you realise your mistakes in the midst of your friends or relatives and repent, God will bless you by forgiving you.

Proverbs 19:11 says: "...and His glory is to overlook a transgression.” When you forgive others, Jesus Christ will forgive your sins and enable you to inherit heaven. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mathew 6:14, 15).

Dear children of God, you have to forgive and forget the evils committed by others to you. You should never allow its bitterness to settle deep in your heart. What sort of characteristics do you possess? Do you remain as forgivers of the evils, mistakes and errors of others?

To meditate: “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:25, 26).