Luke 23:34 – Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (NKJV).
Forgiveness is unconditional. Whether someone offends us purposefully or on accident, we are to forgive with no strings attached.
Most people would probably agree that what they really want from their offenders is for them to grovel at their feet confessing their wrongdoing. Then, they’ll think about letting them off the hook. But that’s not forgiveness as Jesus defined it from the cross. He forgave without expecting anything in return.
Could it be that you’re withholding forgiveness from someone who is ignorant of having done anything wrong to you? Perhaps you have a grudge against someone who’s more hard-headed than you are. You have a responsibility to forgive no matter what your offender does, or doesn’t do, to make things right. The ball is in your court. Don’t wait on an apology that may never come. Jesus forgave those who didn’t know what they were doing.
Here’s a principle to love by: God did not require us to earn His forgiveness, so we should not require others to earn ours. God freely forgave you forever the first time, and you are to do the same for others.
The people who have hurt you don’t owe you anything, but you owe it to yourself to forgive and move on. Make the decision to do so today.
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