Do you think God values forgiveness? You better believe it! It can be so difficult to forgive. There are too many ways that people can hurt one another. Abuse. Rape. Stealing. Murder, Cheating, Lying, Addictions, Racism, Sexism, etc., the list seems endless, and unforgivable.
Sometimes we may wonder, is there some sin that is just plain unforgivable? Maybe you’ve had that thought, “What they did to me is just too great to let go of!” How do you forgive the unforgivable?
Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided his clothes and cast lots.
It was as if Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them, for they need forgiveness so desperately. . . . Forgive them, for they have committed a sin that is wicked beyond all comprehension. . . . Forgive them, for they have committed a sin that is black beyond all their realization.
Even though crucifixion is perhaps the most humiliating and painful form of execution ever devised, Jesus offered no resistance and showed no resentment. He even prayed for those responsible for His death (Luke 23:34). His prayer did not automatically secure personal forgiveness for His enemies, but it did hold back the wrath of God for nearly forty years, and give the nation time to repent. Even after being given another chance, they did not repent. They did not receive the Word and even committed another murder when they stoned Stephen (Acts 7).