Saturday, September 01, 2007

"Father, forgive them..."

Of course we have an obligation to forgive those who hurt us in any way.

But what if we simply cannot find it in our heart to do so?

Take a tip from Jesus.

On the cross, did Jesus say to his torturers "hey, no problem, I forgive you"?

Nope. But He didn't curse them, either.

Instead, He turned, as we can, to our Father.

"Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."

Now, before all you theologian types start pounding on me:

I think this is a really good way to obey God's command to forgive our enemies, even when, as human beings, we truly cannot bring ourselves to do so.

Ask God the Father to forgive them. Jesus did it.

And when the resurrected Christ met the ones who abandoned Him, what were His first words to them?

"Peace be with you."

Have a problem forgiving someone? No problem! As God your Father to do it for you. Your own forgiveness will soon follow.