Fr. Patrick writes: Forgive Anyway

A walk with God: Day 23: Forgive Anyway

Is there a person in your life who is difficult to get along with? Probably they have hurt you in so many ways. And sometimes, we wonder if they harm us on purpose or if it’s just second-nature for them. Jesus, hanging on the cross, said to His Father, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing” as He looked at the soldiers who beat, ridiculed and ultimately nailed Him to the Cross.

Jesus teaches us an example to follow, that even in the process of people offending us, that even when the pain is on, we can still decide to forgive and not harbour hurt in our hearts. Just as Christ forgives those soldiers, we have the choice to look at the person who hurts us every time they wrong us and think, “Father, forgive them, for they really don’t know what they are doing.” The way of the Christian is forgiveness and not revenge.

Even in His weakened and vulnerable state, Jesus did not give in to anger, self-centeredness, self-righteousness or revenge. In His pain, Jesus granted the soldiers and even us something we didn’t deserve: forgiveness. Who is the one person you struggle to forgive? Why? What is a past situation or harm that is difficult for you to forgive? Learn from Jesus today and forgive.

Read:📖 Matthew 18:21-35
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for those who you have difficulty in forgiving
Action:👉🏽 Forgive a brother or sister sincerely from your heart

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