PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Back in January, I shared that my word of the year was “forgive.”
I confess I haven’t studied it as well as I should, but at least once a week, I do think about it.
A few days ago, I was thinking of the words Jesus spoke as He hung on the cross.
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34a).
That kind of grace in the presence of excruciating pain, humiliation, and torment is what makes Jesus’ love so extraordinary.
His forgiveness is the very reason we must forgive.
It’s not optional.
Because He is willing to forgive even the most vile and offensive sins…
Even the sin of executing Jesus, the Son of God.
His forgiveness knows no limits except the sin of rejecting Christ.
We could spend forever talking about Jesus’ words and never fully understand the immeasurable love, grace, and mercy that was behind them.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the forgetting part of forgiveness.
But today, as you pray, thank Jesus for the extraordinary grace, mercy, and love He had—the things that were stronger than the nails that held Him to the cross.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you reflect on the forgiveness of Jesus.
Ask Him to keep that knowledge fresh in your heart so that it can never be taken for granted.