Jesus said, Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34
Jesus was crucified and tortured with two criminals. The people and the guards picked on Jesus and they cast lots for his clothing. Through all of this, he never lost his cool and he prayed for the peoples forgiveness. Jesus told one contrite criminal that he would see him in paradise that day.
Though tortured and eventually slain, Jesus still had the strength of will to ask for forgiveness for those who hurt him. We must also do the same. We are commanded to love our neighbors as we do ourselves. Is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive or pray for?
Prayer for Today: Father, thank you for giving us your son Jesus. He is the perfect example of how we should forgive those who have hurt us. Teach me Lord to have a forgiving heart and the strength to pray for my enemies. Amen.