“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.” – Luke 23:22-34
Do we love the crowd? I know I post a lot about not following the crowd and not listening to the crowd and that the crowd will hate you for loving Christ. However, I am asking a different question today because it is a question I have to ask myself each and every day of my life, Do I Love the Crowd? For I once was in the crowd and God saved me from it, so therefore how can I hold a grudge against the world?
Love is so strong when it comes from God. It is easy to love those that love you back, as Jesus tells us, even the sinners do that. However, to love those that hate you, those that persecute you and those that look to murder you. Wow, what a God we serve. He says forgive them Father, as they put Him on a cross to be murdered; not just killed or by accident, but on purpose and with a purpose. However, He looks on them with love and compassion and asks for their forgiveness.
For us, this is impossible. There is no way we can forgive some wrongs in our lives, we just can’t do it. But for God, this is possible. For the Spirit that lives within, this is possible. He is the one that allows us to forgive because we realize He forgives us and all our sins.
I remember Paul in Acts while he is in Jerusalem, they turn him over to the authorities and they beat him severely before the Romans take him away. As they are taking him away, He proclaims the Gospel to them. Again, they are looking to murder him and yet he loves them enough to proclaim life and forgiveness to them.
Only through God is it possible for me to love those who are still in the World. My flesh cries out for blood and vengeance. “I want them to get what they deserve”, my flesh cries. But, then the Spirit stills me and replies, “Did you get what you deserve?” No, I have been forgiven; forgiven of sins that I shouldn’t be forgiven of, but Jesus says, “Forgive him father, He doesn’t know what He has done.” He reaches out for you as well, He looks to forgive you so that you can start to forgive. He wants you to forgive all, even yourself, which sometimes is the hardest to do.
There is a Savior waiting for you today. Have you taken on His forgiveness? It is ready and available to all who want it and are looking. If you have accepted His forgiveness, are you forgiving others, are you loving the Crowd today?
With Blessing and Forgiveness,