THREE WORDS OF LOVE
“And when they were come to the place, which is called
Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors,
one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for
they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
Luke 23:33,34 KJV
When Jesus said “Father, forgive them”, they were three words of love, unconditional love for you and for me. Jesus had been beaten beyond recognition, spat on, cursed, mocked, rejected and betrayed. Yet He willingly walked that long lonely road to
Calvary and there allowed them to crucify Him
for our sins.
O that we would follow our Saviour’s example when someone hurts us and say “Father, forgive them”. Can we honestly say that we ask God to forgive people when they hurt us or do we harbor unforgiveness in our heart? How dare you and I go to a Holy God and ask Him to forgive us if we won’t forgive others?
May God help us to follow the example Jesus set for us and forgive when someone hurts us. If we want people to forgive us when we hurt them, then we had better forgive them. None of us are perfect. We all hurt God at times. There was only one perfect Person Who ever lived and His Name is Jesus.
Heavenly Father, please search my heart and if there is anything that hurts You, I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I pray that we will forgive others just as Jesus forgave us while hanging on the cross in agony and pain. Jesus, thank You for loving me and for dying for me. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
Joanne LoweSeptember 6, 2017