“Father forgive them……..”
Powerful words spoken by our dearest Lord Jesus as he was dying while upon the cross.
How…? How could He in the midst of pain & anguish, feeling the sting of mockery & abandonment, struggling to breathe & remain conscious……..how could He still request forgiveness for the very ones who did this to him?
The word forgive by definition is a “verb,” something that requires an action to complete; for something that does not require actual physical labor, it is oftentimes one of the hardest tasks to accomplish.
How often do we think about the word forgive? Really, truly think about it?
We say it every time we recite the Lord’s Prayer: “And forgive us our trespasses…..” We are asking God to forgive us on a daily basis. In fact, we probably expect it. But do we follow through on the next line? “…As we forgive those who trespass against us.” That’s much more difficult.
It’s easy to use the word loosely as we accidentally bump into somebody or are…