A Forgiving Heart

By Donna Bell

Did you ever stop to consider that Christ not only knew His Disciples so well from having sailed in the same boats together year after year, sat around the same campfires year after year, visited the same houses year after year, and walked the same long dusty, crowded roads together year after year, Christ knew their thoughts? He knew ALL their doubts, past, present, and future. He knew that they doubted Him. He knew all their mistakes, all their sins, and every betrayal and denial yet to come.

Was it hard to trust Thomas knowing that one day he would question His resurrection? Was it hard for Jesus to love Peter knowing that he would deny Him not once, not twice, but three times? We know that Christ was without sin, but He did have Human emotions.

We find out just how deep Christ’s forgiveness and love for His Disciples go in John 13:1-30. These verses are the recounting of Christ, taking on the role of a lowly servant, wash the disciple’s feet at the Last Supper. Taking on the role of the servant washing their feet he is setting an example of forgiveness and servanthood that as Christians we are all called to follow. He even gave the same care and attention to Judas’ feet as He did the other Disciple’s knowing that Judas was going to betray Him.

Jesus, who was without sin, died for us so that we might be forgiven for sins that we have committed against God. Knowing Christ’s sacrifice for us, how can we not forgive those who have wronged us? Certain conflicts, hurt, and pain can only be resolved with faith and Christ’s grace. As we think about forgiving others, remember that we are forgiven with nothing to lose, but everything to gain.  No matter how unworthy, undeserving, and full of sin, humans are God sent His perfect, spotless, sinless Lamb to forgive all.


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