THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE OTHERS SO THAT YOU YOURSELF CAN BE FREE OF THE POISON
As Jesus was hanging on the cross, having been BETRAYED by one of His disciples, falsely ACCUSED by the religious authorities, MOCKED by soldiers, and about to breathe His LAST breath, He did something SIGNIFICANT. He said, “Father, FORGIVE them, for they know NOT what they do.” They didn’t ASK for or DESERVE forgiveness. But Jesus was showing us by EXAMPLE to release the TOXIN of unforgiveness so that NOTHING will hold us back.
When somebody does US wrong, human nature wants to hold ON to the hurt and anger, to carry around a bitter GRUDGE. We think, I’m not going to forgive THEM. They don’t DESERVE it. But you’re not forgiving for THEIR sake; you’re forgiving for YOUR sake. Unforgiveness is a TOXIN that will contaminate your LIFE. When you forgive, as Jesus did, you’re not excusing THEIR behavior. You’re simply getting the poison out of YOU. You have to FORGIVE so that you can be FREE.
Luke 23:34, NIV
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”