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30 Days of Forgiveness in June: Forgiving Injustice

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

(Luke 23:34, NIV)

One of the hardest parts of forgiving someone is coming to terms with the injustice of what’s happened. 

Maybe it was a car accident that took your ability to walk while the other driver wasn’t punished at all. Maybe it was the conniving woman who destroyed your marriage, and she now has a beautiful family. Maybe it was the illness that slowly stole your beloved parent from you.

Jesus knows how injustice feels. He knows the pain and agony of watching those who hurt Him. He’s cried as the paramedics cut you free from the crumpled car, sat in that waiting room with you, and watched as someone you once loved slowly disappeared before your eyes.

He knows because He’s been there. When no one stood up for Him, when He had no defender, when evil was determined to crush Him, He was alone. He felt utterly forsaken with no one to show Him any kindness.

And in that moment, His only thought was of you. He chose the pain, the shame, the abuse, the humiliation, the torture, the mocking. He endured it all so that He could welcome you into the kingdom, dear one.

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

(Isaiah 53:4-5, NIV) 

God, in the middle of injustice, remind me again that I am not alone. That Jesus paid the ultimate price so that I could know peace and comfort, no matter what my circumstances are. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for what You’ve done for me. I will love and serve You forever. In Your matchless name, I pray. Amen.

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30 Days of Celebrating Moms in May: Never Let Go

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Paula Cichan was traveling with her husband and two kids in August 1987. The family of four was returning from a reunion in Philadelphia. 

But they never made it home.

Flight 255 crashed, killing all of the passengers but Paula’s four-year-old daughter, Cecelia. 

The seconds ticked down as the plane rapidly descended. With no protection to offer her girl, Paula gave the only thing she could—her life. She unbuckled her own seatbelt and threw herself on top of her daughter.

Paula’s sacrifice reminds us of what Jesus did on the cross. Unwilling to see you suffer for eternity, Jesus came to offer life. He sacrificed His life and His body so you could live free. 

This is part of what Jesus meant when He said in John 10:27-28:

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Wherever you are today, and whatever you’re going through, know that Jesus is holding onto you. And He never lets go of His precious children!

God, thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross. Thank You for giving me life. No matter what happens, I believe You are holding me. In the name of Jesus the Messiah, I pray. Amen.

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