“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
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Good Friday is here, a day to remember what Jesus has done for us on the cross, namely the shedding of his blood for our sins. As you consider the cross this year, take a moment to meditate on these words of Jesus as he gave his life for you:
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
How did Jesus extend forgiveness to people who were murdering him? It can be summarized in one word, grace. It is the grace of God that allows us to see another person’s ignorance, “they know not what they do” and live on a higher level of love.
In my humble opinion, we are all in need of more grace. First and foremost, we need grace for ourselves. If you are hard on yourself, beat yourself up when you fail, have doubts about your salvation and cannot really fathom how God loves you unconditionally, grace is the answer.
All those who receive God’s grace personally are receiving an invitation to also give that grace away. Grace is not a secret; it’s not meant to be kept to yourself. In fact, grace is at its best when it is shed abroad freely, unapologetically, abundantly and without hesitation or reservation, just like Jesus’ death for us on the cross.
What does grace look like in our homes, friendships, churches, places of work, community and world? It looks like forgiveness. It looks like patience. It looks like long-suffering. It looks like kindness. It looks like love. It looks like Jesus hanging on the cross forgiving those who nailed him there.
Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21) As you reflect on the cross today, remember, not to set aside the grace of God, show it to the people at work, at church, to your spouse and children. Let the grace flow from your lips, through your hands and in your heart. As you have freely received God’s grace, give it away!
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