IN PAIN, YET FORGAVE

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

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

Thought of The Day : No matter the pain, forgiveness is easy when we care about eternal destiny of others.

LISTEN : Jesus Christ is the Saviour with a good heart. In pain, yet forgave us. In great agony on the cross, yet, He asked for us to be forgiven and blessed. Our sins were forgiven because of Him. God demonstrated His love through Him, and by His death God can forgive even the worst of sinners (Romans 5:8). Beloved, God loves you and will not want to hold anything against you. His love gives birth to His forgiveness; for whom He loves He forgives and restores. His love can pacify His anger no matter what. Jesus Christ was led to Golgotha (a place of the skull) to be crucified. When His accusers had perfected their evil plan to crucify Him, they mocked, scourged Him and nailed Him to the cross. However, despite His agony on the cross, He asked the Father to forgive their ignorance (sin). The Bible says,

“When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Luke 23:33,34

As humans, it is easier to forgive minor offenses, but very difficult to forgive when one is badly hurt. Jesus was badly hurt, yet, He sought forgiveness and peace for those who tormented Him. When He made this prayer on the cross while in pain, He had everyone of us in mind. Beloved, you were in His plan of salvation when He died on the cross. When He forgave His accusers for their ignorance, it means He forgave both past, present and future sin and sinners. Today we are saved and blessed by His love to live for Him. What a wonderful Saviour we have in Jesus! My dear, is there someone you have not forgiven? Determine to forgive because God forgave you through Christ Jesus. Always remember that, no matter the pain, forgiveness is easy when we care about eternal destiny of others. Therefore, let us imitate Christ in forgiveness. Be wise!

What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Forgive others because God equally forgave us through Jesus Christ.
2. Receive the Gospel of Christ and refuse to walk in ignorance.
3. Do not crucify Jesus Christ afresh by mocking and rejecting the gospel.
4. Embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life.

Prayer : Eternal God! I thank you for your mercy and love towards me. Help me to live for you all the days of my life, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today I speak on your life. May the death of Jesus Christ on the cross change your life for ever. Henceforth, receive grace to be committed to Him, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Reflection : Just as Christ is the reason for our forgiveness; we are the reason for His death on the cross.

Quote : “No one is too sinful to receive forgiveness from God when repentance is present.”

Biblical Fact: Did you know Eli’s two sons were Hophni and Phinehas (1 Samuel 1:3).

Stunning Fact : Did you know everyone has a unique tongue print?

Bible Quiz : How did Nicodemus encounter Jesus Christ?

God bless you!

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