“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” [Luke 23:34]
Freedom is found in these seven powerful words, “…they do not know what they do”. Grasp the full meaning; chew it this morning until they are sweet like honey.
Regardless of the acts of His enemies the thoughts of Jesus Christ is FORGIVE, they do not know what they do. We shall not take revenge, but respond with forgiveness not because we ‘should or ought to’ but because this is the way we think.
Freedom is through this forgiving Love. This is how Christ thinks and those who follow Him think as He does, “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” [1 Corinthians 2:16]
Freedom is expressed by caring for others. “Woman, here is your son! Here is your mother!” [John19: 26-27 The Message] The love of Jesus cares about the needs of others and provides what is needful even at the moment of giving up His own will.
Freedom means we live where God lives. “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise”. [Luke 23:43] The moment of forgiveness is the moment of freedom for those that give it and those that receive it. Freedom means living in fellowship and unity with God and each other by this way of forgiveness because so often “we do not know what we do.”
Further Reading: Luke 23, Psalm 3; Proverbs 3
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