16 Mar He Chose to Forgive (Forty Days with Jesus – Day 5, Feb 22nd)
Read Luke 23:33-34
Thought for the Day: Let’s be remembered for forgiveness!
Do we take the time to consider what we will be remembered for? Too often, we may go through our lives living moment-by-moment, crisis-by-crisis without considering what will be said about us when we are gone. What legacies will we leave our children and grandchildren? What legacies will we leave in our neighborhoods and communities when we are gone?
Jesus left a legacy of forgiveness. Over and over, He stressed the power and importance of simply forgiving each other as we have been forgiven by God. But He did not simply see forgiveness as a concept to be taught. Even on the Cross, Jesus chose to forgive. It would have been easy for Him to stay silent and simply stay the course. Instead, He spoke up and forgave those who had put Him to death saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” How amazing is that? No one required Him to do this, but it simply is who Jesus is. Jesus calls us to forgive and knows that this forgiveness starts with Him.
As we go through our lives, let’s leave a legacy of forgiveness. Rather than being known for being ‘always right’, let’s put forgiveness into practice day-by-day and moment-by-moment. Our children and grandchildren will thank us, as will their children and grandchildren. Our world does not need more stubbornness or hard-headedness. But, it does need more Jesus and the forgiveness He offers!
Reflect & Pray – What legacy are my actions, words, and choices leaving today? Am I walking as one who has been forgiven by Jesus and in turn forgives others? God, allow me to live a life of forgiveness, starting today!