"But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" – Luke 23:34
Although Jesus had already died on the cross, one of the Roman soldiers was not convinced. So he picked up a spear and thrust it deeply into the side of our Savior, and immediately blood and water came rushing out.
Saints, they didn’t know what they were doing. They thought they were doing mankind justice by getting rid of a blasphemer, but Jesus had mercy on his murderers. He said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He’s hanging on a cross for something He did not do at the hands of those who betrayed Him, denied Him and lied on Him; but yet while in excruciating pain, he found enough strength to say, “forgive them.”
If you have been wronged by someone, forgive them. Release yourself from this burden and let it go. I know it is a difficult thing to do, especially when it hurts so deep. Jesus could have chosen to harbor un-forgiveness, but He chose to overlook what they had done to Him, and humble Himself under the mighty hand of God, who would exalt Him in due time (I Peter 5:6).
Don’t let un-forgiveness lodge in your heart. Let it go so you can live again! Let it go and be free! While you contemplate on whether or not you will forgive, think on this…"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:14).
Copyright © by Gale Wilcox
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.