We can easily talk about being able to forgive others.
Someone apologizes and we tell them not to worry about it.
It's pretty easy.
For example, if someone hurts your children and later apologizes for it, its no big deal, cause you forgive them.
Or someone tortures you, and years later, they say that they are sorry. So its okay.
Because we can forgive so easily.
And if we mistreat someone and insult them, they forgive us so readily when we apologize.
I'm being completely satirical.
We suck at it. We can't even forgive people for being wrong about anything.
Some people don't believe that Jesus is God and we say, "Well, sorry, but they are going to hell."
But that isn't my point.
We just really don't understand forgiveness.
God forgives us as we forgive others.
If we don't forgive, you can find verses about how God will forgive you.
(part of the journey is discovering the path, go look)
And if you think some are not worth forgiving.
Think about how tough it is to forgive someone who picks on the innocent.
Jesus was pretty doggone innocent.
And yet people tortured Him.
And people hurt His children.
And when you do something to the least of people, you do it to Him.
At least that is what He says.
And remember, when people tortured the most innocent person I know of, He forgave them.
As He was hanging on a cross and bleeding out His life, He didn't rail on them or condemn them.
He didn't jump down from the cross and fight for His life.
(the scary part is that I believe He still could have)
Instead, He looked down on those who mistreated Him and all His creation, and looked on them with pity.
He knew they weren't following the Way.
They might have been followers of Moloch, and killed their own children.
And He looked out at those people, and He asked God to forgive them.
Because they didn't know what they were doing.
Some of us get upset with others because they are misguided and think they are unforgivable.
Jesus didn't forgive them because they asked.
Jesus didn't forgive them because they would necessarily receive it.
He forgave them in the hopes that they would receive it.
Forgiveness is something we should do.
Even when others don't deserve it or want it.
Jesus did it.