Forgiveness:They Know Not What They Do

The little one is learning self-control, choosing to do the right thing. I tell him, “you don’t have to do everything that comes to mind.”

When he does something wrong and I ask, “Why did you do that?”, most times he says, “I don’t know.” In frustration, I say, “you need to know what you are doing” or “don’t tell me you don’t know.”

Today, the Words of Jesus came to mind after the little one said, “I don’t know.”

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:33-34 (KJV)

Believing or having a mindset that most people hurt others because they do not know what they do can help us become unoffendable, less judgmental, and more forgiving. No one in their right mind commit murder, adultery, sexual abuse, and all manner of evil. About the prodigal son, Luke 15:17-19 (NLT) says, “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

Let’s keep in mind that some people are not in their right mind due to demonic influence. Mark 5:15 (KJV) says, “And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

When we begin to see those who falsely accuse us or betray us as individuals who need our prayers because they are not in their right mind, forgiveness will be easier. As groups and individuals choose to stand against the truth and attempt to enforce unrighteous laws, I think to myself, Dear Jesus, help them, they have lost their mind. When I step outside God’s purpose for my life or choose to disobey God’s commandments, I am not in my right mind.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)

Would you like to become a member of God’s family? Please say the prayer below and let me know about it here.

Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen

Welcome to God’s family!

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Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife and #boymom. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed. She created this space to share spiritual experiences of motherhood, provide emotional support to families and develop a virtual community where Christian mothers can share Biblical viewpoints on parenting and other aspects of life.

As a lifelong learner with a passion for mental health, Temi is a PhD student (Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders). She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health consultant, Certified New Parent Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, and U.S. Army veteran.

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