© by Joyce C. Lock
"Father, forgive them;
for they know not what they do."
How many times do you suppose we've hurt people and not realized it; to
have reacted without thought; to have deemed another not ready, worthy,
capable, or spiritual enough; to have picked our favorite over another; to
have excluded one who didn't measure up; to sit by one more attractive,
popular, or fun; to have been in such a hurry to greet one that we bypassed
another; to have closed our hearts to someone whose words we didn't want to
hear; to think we've done God a favor by getting rid of someone we thought
difficult, different, or wrong?
How many times do you suppose that that prayer has been prayed for us, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do?"
Were we to ask God to open our eyes, to see ourselves as He sees us; to
examine our heart, actions, attitudes, and motives ... God would be faithful
to show us how we are hurting His cause.
Once we've found our sin and corrected it, we can ask God to show us another and then another. One step at a time, we'll be weeding out the flesh and Satan's power over us while winning the world to Christ.
Love never fails, I Co. 13:8. It's guaranteed !!!
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.