If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 NLT
Jesus was betrayed in the worst way possible by those who were closest to him. He was sold out and denied by the people whom He shared His message. Yet through these great disappointments, He was able to say “Father, forgive them.”
Though they spat on Him, beat Him, mocked Him and nailed Him to a cross, He died for them. Jesus was a man. He understands our tendencies and temptations. He lived on this hurtful earth for 33 years and can relate to your circumstances. Yet, in the midst of the worst betrayal, He forgave.
Can you do the same?
There’s no excuse. We can’t justify our inability to forgive in light of what was demonstrated for us. How can I have odd against the love one who hurt me, when Jesus forgave the very people who put Him to death?
Even now, we crucify Him daily with our words, actions, and lack of trust. He loves us so much that He died for us! How is it that some days we find ourselves too busy to even acknowledge Him? Guess what He continues to do? Forgive. Despite your worst.
What’s your excuse?