Good Friday Messages Forgiveness Prayer
In these times of so much violence, fear and anger, when we hear repeatedly in the news of the devastation wreaked by cycles of revenge that seem to be endless, it is our role – the Christian’s role – to remember Jesus’ death, to speak its word of forgiveness to the world, to live its lesson in our daily lives.
Jesus death also took place in a time and place of great violence, a time and place when government ruled by fear, when the only justice was the justice of the oppressor.
But what Jesus knew, what he grasped not just intellectually but in the very depth of his being, was that he was Beloved of God.
Human forgiveness is possible because, before all other acts of betrayal or anger or violence, we are loved by God.
Forgiveness is the greatest step a human being can take. Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. Because the hard truth is that we all love poorly. We do not even know what we are doing when we hurt others.
“Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are
These are some of the first words spoken by the Lord
Jesus as He hung on the cross on Good Friday. They’re also
some of the first words people throw at you when you are
struggling to face someone who’s sinned against you.
“You have to forgive him, you know. That’s what Jesus did.
He even forgave the people who crucified him!
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