Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” [..]
I love this verse. It’s so easy to get upset with others. Someone could cut you off on the road, someone might give you a bad look, someone might say the wrong thing to you, someone might accidentally offend you, someone might say something against your religion. There is a ton of things that make us frustrated with one another, some very silly things and some serious things. Personally one thing that really upsets me is when I’m working in a group setting and others aren’t working that hard. It absolutely drives me crazy. I’m sure you have your pet peeves as well. The point is, we can get upset with others pretty easy. It’s really hard when they start dissing your religion and what you believe in. Everything in you wants to blow up.
Let us look at Jesus. This man has done nothing wrong in His life. He was always serving others and sticking up for the weak. All He ever did was love, and claim to be the Son of God. The Pharisees hated that and wanted Jesus persecuted, so they persecuted Him. Jesus, while hanging on the cross being tortured to death, being ridiculed, as in He was being made fun of for who He was and what He claimed to be, accused of not being good enough, prayed a pray for those teasing Him.
Put yourself in this situation for a second. Not only did someone punch you, but they have also whipped you on the back 40 times. They have whipped you causing enormous amount of blood to flow out of you, than dragged you a mile across gravel road, pierced nails through your wrists and feet, and then just start dissing you in every way possible. Why are they doing this to you? Just because they don’t like you, you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong but yet they are torturing you. I don’t know about you, but I would be full of hate at this point. It then gets worse because one of the men being tortured with you, disses you as well. Everyone is against you, hates you, and for what, just doing what you think is right?
In the midst of all the suffering, instead of cursing everyone out, instead of sending angels to rescue Him, Jesus prays for them. He says “Father, forgive them , for they do not know what they are doing.” Forgive them?! I don’t think that is what would be going through my mind, but yet that’s what Jesus said. I think that is pretty powerful, pretty amazing.
The next time someone makes you mad, ticks you off, stop for a moment. How is your anger going to solved the problem? It’s not. Say a prayer for them, forgive them. There’s nothing more powerful than a pray so why not use it? Don’t let the devil use your anger.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
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