Forgive | Devotion #3: Clueless
Jen Combs | Women’s Ministry
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
I remember a few years ago when I was dealing with forgiveness. I had someone in my life cause hurt in years past that I still harbored some angst against (Ever have that issue?). Reading this verse came alive to me for the very first time, “For they know not what they do, for they know not what they do, for they know not what they do.” I muttered that verse over and over. Could it be that this person did not even know that they hurt me? Gasp. Was that even possible? This was such a defining moment in my life; there was just no way it could be true. It is like the Lord was telling me, “When are you going to give this up? It is done; they do not even know what they did; it is time to forgive.”
Jesus was hanging on the cross dying the most awful death possible. He was taking on the sin of all mankind. Yet here He was asking His Father to forgive those that crucified Him, mocked Him, derided Him, beat Him, and spit on Him. He was saying they do not even understand what they are doing, but asked the Father to please forgive them. Wow. That is quite a challenge. There is nothing I have or will experience that is even comparable to what Jesus experienced. That does not minimize our pain, but it sure does give me comfort.
Now if I were Jesus, I could probably forgive and be done, but I am not. I am Jen Combs, and I am rather resentful (Things you just have to know about yourself). So, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do?” God exposed something I could not hide any longer. I had been rug sweeping, burying, and angry about until I finally exploded (There was not a rug big enough to cover it up!). I decided I was going to go to the person. I talked about it through tears and anger. Sure enough, they had no idea the hurt they caused. The Lord was right after all. The Lord was right again!
Is there a person in your life that you need to forgive? Let me encourage you to do it sooner rather than later. I do not know what forgiveness looks like for you. I think it is different for us all. Sometimes it is daily forgiveness; sometimes you need to talk to the person face to face. Whatever it is, please forgive. If Jesus can forgive the mobs of people that crucified Him, surely we can forgive those that have caused pain in our lives.