You have what it takes to forgive

Aug coverWhen Jesus forgives those who had unjustly convicted him and nailed him on a cross to die, his prayer, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do,” alludes to the reason all people sin—in the moment of making the sinful choice, the person steps out of God’s grace.

“They know not what they do” doesn’t excuse their behavior, but rather explains that outside of God’s grace, we are unable to access the wisdom or understanding that we need to make a holy choice. Outside of God’s grace, we are left, like the leaders of Jesus’ day, to make decisions out of fear or selfishness, rather than decisions that come from a place of love.

To forgive someone, perhaps we first need to look hard at the factors in that person’s life that led them to step outside of God’s grace. Continue reading