Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (Luke 23:34)
This statement from Jesus just takes my breath away. In his last moments of human life, he asks our father to forgive. After the people nailed him to the cross. Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
I am sure in those last moments of life, as God looked down on his son, he shed a tear. Thinking about this moment as a mother who also has a son, I feel the pain and sadness of these last moments. Jesus knew that through his death would come life and renewal for us all. He knew that he would bridge the relationship with our Father in heaven and that we would be forgiven for our sins.
I am thankful for the forgiveness……
We all need forgiveness in this life…..
Forgiveness came so easy to Jesus.
Why is it so hard for us to forgive and let go? Why do we hold onto pain?
If you are experiencing pain in your life today, I ask you first what is the cause of the pain? Is it anger because of something that happened, something someone did, or a moment that you believe you could never erase from your memory?
Luke 6:29 (NIV) “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.”
Jesus forgave us at this moment…. We too can forgive. Sometimes it is hard to let go of the pain, but by letting go of the pain it will set you free. Instantly you will feel a release.
I know pain very well, and for much of my life I was in shackles. It was not until I acknowledged my pain and anger and who I blamed, was I able to step forward in loving myself and who God made me to be. The biggest part of letting it go is through forgiveness of yourself and others.
It may be difficult to do, but if Jesus could do this in his last moments of life, where blood was dripping from his wounds…. So too can we.
So I ask you today to reflect on your hurts, acknowledge them, and begin the healing. Let go of the pain through forgiveness.
Take a listen to this beautiful little girl singing amazing grace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDlxmsciqY
May you be blessed……
If you would like to read more on forgiveness click on the following entry: http://abeautifullifeministry.org/2013/03/28/dear-vanessa-forgiveness-in-the-difficult/