Luke 23:34a-Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing."
The words of this text is one of the last sayings of Jesus as He hung on the cross the day He was crucified.
These words of Jesus was not expected from the crowed, I am sure. But, instead He spoke them.
For a murder by crucifixion, many people would have proclaimed their innocence and blame the religious leaders, some may have cursed those that done this to him or her, some may have made threats, but Jesus did not do either one, but instead, He uttered "Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing."
That day Jesus did not give the punishment that was deserved, but instead He gave forgiveness and proved it unto death on a cross.
Father forgive them for they know now what they doing was a prayer that was also made for you and I. Yes, when Jesus prayed to the Father for the forgiveness of those who murdered Him, He prayed for you and I too.
As Jesus hung on that cross, He looked out into the future and saw you, I and everyone else that will ever exist.
Jesus is still offering "forgiveness"on today.
To you who do not know that you have been forgiven, Jesus offers you these words of peace and comfort on today: "you have been forgiven"!
Regardless of how far you may have gone in sin, regardless of what you have done, regardless of your status, background, nationality, your current situation or your past, Jesus is willing to pardon you.
As a matter of fact, He has already paid the price for your forgiveness. All you have to do is accept His free gift of salvation by faith.
Who is it that has offended, hurt, wounded, rejected, abused, neglect or rejected you that you need to say "Father forgive them for they don't know what they have done? Who is it? Whoever it is, God calls you to release them and by doing so, you will be setting yourself free on today through "forgiveness".
Jesus gave us an example of true forgiveness on that day.
Those that murdered Jesus did not realize it but their offense was against God, and not Jesus.
Remember when the prodigal son returned home he said "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you." Wrong done to us is wrong done against God for we belong to Him.
When we sin against another person, not only should we ask that person for forgiveness, but we should also ask God for His forgiveness. Why? Forgiveness ultimately comes from God the Father.
I can only hope and pray that these words of "forgiveness" spoken by Jesus have touched your heart to the point that you are willing to say them concerning your offender.
Put the devil to flight on today by telling someone whom you have been withholding forgiveness from "you have been forgiven".
Forgiveness is for the undeserving. We deserved wrath but God gave us "GRACE AND MERCY".
Why not share the same that was given to you to others on today? Jesus says in
Matthew 6:15-But if you do not forgive people their offenses, your Father will not forgive your offenses."
"YOU HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN"! Oh, what a prayer of forgiveness that was prayed out of Jesus’ love for the world.
A heart that forgives is a heart that lives free from the hurts of the past.
God bless and I love you all.