Feb18SunFebruary 18, 2018
“Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’.
And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Lk 23:34)
Forgiveness is defined as the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attituderegarding an offense, let's go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. It means to cease to feel resentment against (an offender): pardon; to give up resentment of or claim to requital for. The Greek definition for forgiveness is: to send, to go, to send forth, to put or send away, to let go.
When Jesus went to the Cross, He was saying to the Fatherforgive them, Let Them Go – Freely. Lay every charge for their sins, which are many, upon Me! If God never forgave us we would have to pay for our sins. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 6:23)! Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb that was slain (in our place) for our sins; Jesus is the scapegoat that takes away our sins (see Lev. 16:7-10; Jn. 1:29) that we get to go freely even though we deserve to die and be eternally separated from God. Our lives are spared and enriched by the grace of God to live in His Presence and His Kingdom.
What God has done for us, He requires us to do toward others.You may have been the victim of someone else’s transgression against you, but you can also be the liberator of yourself and that person by forgiving them and letting them go free! They can’t heal you, but Jesus can and will. They can’t undo what was done, but Jesus can restore you. If you don’t forgive them, you stay bound/tied to that act of transgression and live a victimized life. Forgiveness is healing. Forgiveness is mercy. Forgiveness is Freedom. Let Them Go!