Is there a single sentence that strikes you in the heart? Here is a short one, which does more to put me in my pathetic place than any other words that I can imagine. It is found in the New Testament book of Luke, Chapter 23, Verse 34.
Then said Jesus, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
This is what Jesus asked of Almighty God, His Father, right after they nailed him to the cross and stood him up between two criminals. These were not empty words... Jesus asked, and we can be certain that those who put Him on that cross, were indeed forgiven that very moment.
When I stew around about something, or someone who is tormenting me in some way, the first words that come to my mind are not the words that Jesus uttered in the midst of his agony. This shortcoming of mine points to my unworthy nature. I am even more grateful then, for what Jesus has promised me, that even though I am utterly hopeless because of my sins and failures, that if I believe in Him, I too am forgiven this very instant. Only Jesus can wash the putrid guilt away, and make me worthy to stand before God. That is His promise for everyone, and the only price is that you believe it to be true.
The simplicity of that truth will be a barrier too high for some to overcome. The path to God is narrow, so don't get swept along with the crowd moving down the wide path. That is easy to do, especially when one becomes overly enamored with his or her own "glorious" intellect. Having that kind of pride carries a very high cost, especially in exchange for such a tiny speck of eternity that one's mortal life represents.
Copyright ©2006 by Phil Harris