Luke 23:34 KJV
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
Once, I heard a story about a teenager who was drinking and caused an accident that killed a man’s wife and child. The man knew God wanted him to forgive the young man who caused the accident, and through much prayer he was able to let the love of God flow through him.
That man knew how to forgive like Jesus. He understood that this young man was also hurt himself and needed healing.
When people hurt us, we should learn to look at what the people have done to themselves instead of just looking at what they have done to us. Usually, when a person hurts someone else, he or she is probably hurting him/ herself at least as much and is suffering some fallout as a result. That’s why, as He hung on the cross in agony, Jesus said of His murderers, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’
That’s incredible forgiveness. Let that inspire you today. We all need to seek to forgive like Jesus.
What to do? It takes the grace of the Holy Spirit to still walk in love and forgive such a person who’s hurt you. If you’re struggling to forgive anyone pray that He would give you the strength to be able to let them go because lack of forgiveness and bitterness hinders us from hearing from God. It denies us access to the throne of Elohim.
Let Love Lead.