Devotionals: Forgiving Others


Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Since I was a little girl my mom has been my role model. She always convicts and teaches me to live a life worthy of Christ ; a life that consists of love , humbleness , forgiveness and humility . As I grew older , Forgiveness was more difficult. It was hard for me to understand why I should continue to forgive those who bullied me , made fun of me, hurt me. I would share this with her and she would still encourage me to forgive them. 

While I mature in my walk with Christ , I am learning more and more about the importance of forgiveness and am reminded that the ultimate “Forgiver” is Jesus Christ. If I aim to follow Him and walk in His example, I must be able to forgive as well .

Jesus  Christ was crucified on the Cross for all of us , for all of our sins . When He was nailed to the cross , with thorns around his head; he took all of our sins with him , forgiving us and granting us mercy , grace , and new life . If we believe in Jesus we are to live like Him and follow His example . One way we can do this is by forgiving those who wrong us. Luke 23:34 provides us with this prayer to help us “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” 

Before Jesus dies on the cross. Those were  his last words. He is much different from all of us because after the people persecuted Him, stoned Him, and went on to kill Him he prayed the prayer above. Jesus is the definition of humility and though it can be hard we have to pray for those who hurt us and do us wrong . When we don’t forgive them , we harden our hearts and in that hardening we harbor pain and bitterness; causing even more pain than before. We serve a High Priest , One who can relate to every difficulty , every temptation , every burden we may ever bear.  May we ask God to forgive our enemies when we are having a hard time forgiving them ourselves .

Be Encouraged,