Forgiveness 

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” – Luke 23:24

Christ said these words while hanging on the cross.  Is that sinking in?

No?

Let’s try it this way…..having been nailed to a cross, hung there, spit on, stabbed, dehydrated and in horrible pain…Christ asked His Father to forgive those that were killing him.  

And yet…here we sit in our lives unable or refusing to forgive those that have wronged us.  I’m not talking about the worst of the worst.  I’m simply looking at being cutoff in traffic or having my breakfast order served wrong.  I’m looking at my kids saying hurtful things or my wife being rude.  What are you refusing to forgive?

Why do we gladly accept the forgiveness that Jesus died to give us but we struggle to give the same for far far less infractions?  In Jesus…we recieve grace upon grace.  Shouldn’t we be giving the same?

Anne Lamott said: “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die”

Forgive.  Forgive like you’ve been forgiven.  Set yourself free.  

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