New Apostolic Church USA

Irreconcilability | Week of January 16

Luke 23:34 NKJV

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”


So much is contained in this short phrase. The Lord Jesus did not just see those that had attacked him. He looked deeper: What actually made them do it? Then he realized: They do not know what they are doing. He could see what was behind it, what the motives were. This made it easier for Him to forgive them.

Do not remain stuck in your ways; this does not help in forgiving. Instead ask: Why did they do this? What was the motive? Then you can perhaps say: They didn’t know what they were doing. Perhaps it was unintentional. Perhaps they were driven by their own interests.

When you finally realize this, you can begin to understand. You will be ready to forgive and reconcile.

 

Do I try to understand their motives when people anger me?
Can I study Jesus’ example, and start thinking about being generous to those who have hurt me?

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