January 13th 2009

Forgiveness?

“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.”

Luke 11:4 NIV

Yes, we all want forgiveness when we do wrong.  But what about others who err against or offend us?  Do we offer forgiveness as readily to them as we wish them to do to us?

Many feel that forgiveness can only be offered when the transgressor has apologised.  But Jesus does not agree with that view.

On the cross, Jesus cried out “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).  At that moment, not one of his accusers or executioners had declared that they were sorry.  Instead, they “stood watching”, “sneered at him” and “mocked him” (35‑36).

To forgive – to forgo any form of retribution, even an apology, may seem weak to some.  Yet, it is through the strength of forgiveness that salvation has come to our planet. 

Why not unleash the power of forgiveness into someone else’s life today?

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for your forgiveness.  Open my eyes to see those I need to forgive – at home, at work, among my friends and at church.

Amen

Study by John Merchant

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