Day 3: Forgiven and Forgiveness

Luke 23:34 (NIV)
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

“Stop grappling with your feelings. Raise the issue to an altogether higher level. Go to the Father and pray that the Father will forgive…God will in fact take you seriously when you pray for the forgiveness of another. The capacity to pray in this way is what makes you a priest. You are to follow in the steps of the High Priest and to plead for mercy for those who need it. In doing so you will transcend that form of forgiveness which merely affects the horizontal relationship between you and a fellow creature, and will be calling for divine forgiveness of sin from the only Source able to provide that forgiveness.” [John White. Daring to Draw Near: People in Prayer.]

“Jesus was described in the gospels as being full of the Holy Spirit and led by the Spirit. How much we need the filling of the Holy Spirit as well. As we go through our own battles, it is only through the Spirit that we are able to live and pray as Jesus did.”  [Adapted from P. Ed message.]

Prayer: Father, thank you for your love and forgiveness. As you have forgiven me, forgive _______.  May you bring your salvation, healing, and reconciliation to our families, to our churches, to our cities, to our campuses, to our friends, classmates, and co-workers. May you receive all the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Endless Alleluia”  by Bethel Music & Cory Asbury (click here).