Divine Forgiveness

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine


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Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots. – Luke 23:34

This was the first word spoken by our Lord on His cross. It was uttered just when the soldiers were in the act of crucifying Him – driving the terrible nails through His hands and feet. It was a moment of excruciating, inconceivable anguish. Yet He uttered no cry of pain, no word of execration upon those who were causing Him such suffering, but calmly prayed for His brutal, pitiless murderers – “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

The moment the sacred blood began to flow the intercession for sinners began. The pleading was first for the ignorant heathen soldiers who were acting as executioners; but it was not for these alone. It certainly widened out, and took in all who had been concerned in the condemnation and crucifixion of Jesus. It was for the Jewish rulers and people who had rejected their Messiah. May we not believe that many of those who on the day of Pentecost and afterward were brought to repentance were forgiven and saved because on His cross Jesus made intercession for them?

Then the prayer went out beyond the people who had a direct part in the crucifixion. From His cross Jesus saw the lost world down to the end, and prayed for all men. We know, too, that that word of prayer was but the beginning of an intercession that is going on yet inside heaven, where Jesus pleads the merits of His own sacrifice for the salvation of sinners.

This word of Jesus teaches us a great lesson on Christian forgiveness. He prayed for His murderers. We should pray for those who injure us. There are some fragrant trees which bathe in perfume the axe that gashes them. So should it be with Christ‘s people. Instead of resentment and injury for injury, we should show only sweet, tender love to those who harm us.

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3 Responses to “Divine Forgiveness”

  1. Pat Says:

    Hi Joyce
    I am so glad you’re enjoying yourself here!!
    Love you 😀 😀

  2. Celebrating Eve Says:

    Thanks Pat. The ability to forgive and love the people who hurt us the most in the same way God loves us is indeed the journey we are traveling. It is truly my daily prayer. truly difficult. And apparently possible through God. Pray for my strength.
    Kerry Ann

    • Pat Says:

      Hi Kerry Ann
      Love your name,yea being able to forgive is a pill for sure,but I read and believe as long as we hold on then that person has power over us. Really forgiveness is about giving us freedom,and that’s what Jesus died and rose again for,so that we could enjoy his best Amen. I will keep you in my prayers and you pray for me also.
      Love ya 😀

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