Thursday, April 2, 2015 11:54 PM

Good Friday, April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015 11:54 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2015 11:54 PM

Luke 23:32-43 

"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing..."  

Some people say the command to love your enemies is just an exaggeration to show how far we fall short of God’s perfection. Surely it is the most difficult of all things to do. We are not talking about acquiescing to another’s attacks out of fear. We are talking about responding to harm with nurture, to taunts with blessings, to curses with forgiveness. That’s what Jesus shows us on the cross. He forgives, he blesses, he even nurtures those dying with him, though they are guilty and he is not. Surely, no human being can do this without the power of God filling his very being. But Jesus tells us that we can have that power, the power of love. “Ask and it shall be given,” he promises. And people down through history have asked and received the faith, the hope and the love, which enabled them to pray for their persecutors, and to eventually overcome evil with good.  

Even in Jesus’ last moments of this earthly ministry, he showed love and forgiveness to those who wronged and persecuted him. If you profess Jesus to truly be our example, how then should we treat and forgive those who wrong us. 

Heavenly Father, 
I thank you, today, for the forgiveness that I find in your son’s finished work at Calvary. I ask that you fix my heart so that I can forgive as I’ve been forgiven.  
In Jesus’ name, Amen  


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