Today's Reading: Luke 23:32-34
"Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals - one on His right, the other on His left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up His clothes by casting lots."
Forgiveness. Radical Forgiveness – Jesus is interceding for even those who are crucifying Him in the moment He is being crucified.
What great love! What a Savior!
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. His love for us, His desire that we return to a restored relationship with Him is that strong. His forgiveness is that perfectly complete.
Forgiveness freely offered is the reason why there is Good Friday. God held nothing back. He purchased our redemption at great price to have His greatest desire – to be restored with us. One portion of Scripture where God voices this desire is Jeremiah 24:7: "I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord. They will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with all their heart."
God loves us. God offers us forgiveness. God wants to give us hearts to know Him, to know Him as Lord, to return to Him with all our hearts. May we always run to Him, loving Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths because of His abundantly great love for us!