Monday, March 26 Father, Forgive Them – Word For Today

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WORD FOR TODAY by PASTOR JESUS FIGUEROA

DAILY DEVOTIONAL * WWW.JESUSFIGUEROA.ORG

Monday, March 26

Father, Forgive Them

Topic: The First Words Of Christ On The Cross

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Luke 23:34 (NKJV)

Daily Reading Plan

Ruth 1-4

Bible Versions: 

Lucas 23:34 (MSG) —Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” Dividing up his clothes, they threw dice for them.

Lucas 23:34 (NIV) —Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Lucas 23:34 (NLT) —Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

Devotional Thoughts:

This week of devotionals we will be sharing the Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross. During this Holy Week it’s important to remember and celebrate what our Lord Jesus Christ did on the Cross for each of us. We must never forget the great sacrifice that Jesus paid for our redemption and the forgiveness of our sins. What would have become of us if Jesus had not died on the Cross for us? What would have become of humanity? Thank God for the Cross and the demonstration of love that Jesus showed to our lives.

As the very well known portion of The Bible tells us in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. It was his love for us that offered forgiveness for our sins. On that cross the first words out of his mouth were, Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Amid the pain and suffering the Lord provided us your forgiveness and love. He did not take into consideration our sins and iniquities, He forgave us!

We should pray this morning that we should demonstrate the same forgiveness and love for our neighbor. To love those who have hurt or offended us. in Matthew 5:44 Jesus tells us, “But I tell you: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” This is God’s desire for us! We can’t hold grudges and unforgiveness in our hearts. Just as the Lord forgave us and showed his great love, we are called to do the same with others.

Topical References:

Psalms 22:18 (NKJV) — They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

Matthew 5:44 (NKJV) —But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

Acts 3:17 (NKJV) —“Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

Matthew 27:35 (NKJV) —Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Luke 22:42 (NKJV) —saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

Acts 7:59–60 (NKJV) — And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Take A Moment And Share This Devotional On Facebook, Twitter, or Email To Someone Who Needs This Word Of Encouragement. During This Passion Week, Let Us Share The Love Of Christ And His Forgivness At The Cross…

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