Last Sunday we had Craig and Lana and their family and friends for the Thanksgiving and Blessing of their baby Ava. What a pleasure it was to have them along and have the chance to join with them in thanking God for new life. Jesus said 'Let the little children come unto me,' Matthew 19 v 14. click
We then had Paula preaching on Luke 23v34. Click here. 'Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.' Jesus said this as He hung on the cross, and while they definitely knew what they were doing, as in crucifying a man, they did not know that they were doing, as in crucifying the Son of God.
Jesus chose to forgive those who had used and abused Him, who mocked Him and refused to believe Him and ultimately tortured and killed Him. That takes a lot of doing and that kind of forgiveness can only come from God.
That forgiveness is available from God today for all of us, no matter how big or how small we may think our sins are, sin is sin.
But what about forgiving others? Jesus calls us to forgive others, just as God has forgiven us. In Jesus teaching on prayer, Luke 11 v 1-4 click here He tells us that God forgives us in line with how we forgive others. The good news however is that once we choose to forgive, God, through His Holy Spirit, will enable us. Being forgiven of our sins and forgiving others of their sins towards us will set us free to have the fullness of life Jesus Christ came to give us.
Jesus said 'I have come that they have life, and to the full' John 10 v 10, click here.