Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

Jesus forgave those who mocked him, beat him, and crucified him. He made intercession on their behalf. Were they repentant? Were they sorry? No. Despite their cruel torture, and despite the reality that they were not sorry or ashamed, Jesus demonstrated true forgiveness and charity.

Application: Following Jesus means that we must forgive others before they apologize or reveal sorrow about their offense. We must forgive others when they aren’t sorry. We must love. Forgiveness includes removing the anger, and the unkind, judgmental, and retaliating thoughts.

Prayer: Help us to live in the reality of the forgiveness that you have given us. Use your Word to cleanse our minds. Help us to forgive.