Father, Forgive Them

“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’. And they divided His garments and cast lots.” Luke 23:34

It sure seems like they knew what they were doing. And when I’m wronged, that is most likely what goes through my mind too, rather than how Jesus viewed it.

Oh Lord, we desire to be as willing to forgive as You are. And here’s a simple poem . . .

What We Do

Jesus knew they didn’t know
Who He really was
even when they nailed Him
there upon that cross,

and each time we hurt someone
do we realize the cost,
that the road to forgiveness is purely paved
with the blood that Jesus lost?


  1. Thank you Deb for this wonderful post. I love that verse. It means so much to me.

    I am so glad you wrote that poem. It reminds me not to take the Lord’s forgiveness for granted.


  2. Deb, What a truly wonderful post and poem. Whenever I don’t feel like forgiving someone, I think of this verse, of Jesus saying, “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” And I love that you included the part about them casting lots for His clothing, which was a fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 22. Thank you for this wonderful post today. Peace, Linda

  3. I need to see it like this.
    Thank you. ♥

  4. Oh Deb! Have to run and only had time for this one but it is so timely!!!! Many thanks and hugs, too! It will be my other keeper (one from Craig, one from you) for the next three days. Thank you, beautiful Sister!

  5. Thank you so much, Theresa, for your understanding. I am so thankful that there is forgiveness, from God and from each other. So thankful. But it hurts me yet each time that I sin against someone and need to be forgiven. And each time that I hesitate and think the worst for awhile before I forgive.
    God bless you, woman of the Word!

  6. “But it hurts me yet each time that I sin against someone and need to be forgiven. And each time that I hesitate and think the worst for awhile before I forgive.”

    Oh Deb, I feel the same way! Let’s bow our heads and pray for each other that we will be quick and bold to approach the throne to confess our sins and receive forgiveness,to receive strength and courage to forgive others, to receive
    wisdom, guidance, perseverance, comfort …whatever the need may be!


  7. Linda, God bless you! I don’t usually think of this verse when forgiving someone, and I don’t know why. I guess I think along the lines of 7 x 70 more. But yes, that casting lots for his clothes is a fulfillment of prophecy. And there was something so blatant about it, coming right after Jesus asking the Father to forgive them, for they know not what they do. It made it seem like they knew.
    God bless you as you live out of His peace today!

  8. Me too, so much! God bless you sweet Michelle, and thanks again for the wonderful bible study posts from John!

  9. Thank you Angel, for letting me know it was timely, that there are reasons for me writing these that I don’t always know. 🙂 God bless you and cover you as you go, in His love!

  10. Thank you, Deb

    “…the road to forgiveness is purely paved
    with the blood that Jesus lost…”

    I hear a sermon in this, Teacher Deb. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

    I am going to chew and digest these words for a while. When I’m in need of forgiveness, I can see this as a tool for my benefit. Wonder how I will feel when the shoe is on the other foot…


  11. Not sure where that came from! ha! Praying of course that it’s from Him . . .and that it gives me pause before I go ahead and do something that I need forgiveness for.
    God bless you, ever gracious Ann!

  12. Deb,
    We are uncertain of many things but one thing we know for sure ,is that we serve a forgiving God.Yes his blood he did lost,not because he deserved it but for a great cause.

    Lord,help me to be a forgiving person.Show me where I am not.Expose the recesses of my soul so I won’t be locked up by unforgiveness and jeopardize my future.Make me to understand the depth of your forgiveness towards me so that I won’t hold back forgiveness from others.I realize that my forgiving someone dosen’t make them right,it sets me free.Teach me to bless those who curse me and persecute me.Remind me to pray for those who hurt or offend me,so that my heart will be soft toward them.I don’t want to become hard and bitter because of unforgiveness.Make me a person quick to forgive as you who set the pace.
    I don’t want anything to come between You and me,Lord,and I don’t want my prayers to be hindered because I have entertained sin in my heart.I know that I cannot be a light to others if I’m walking in the darkness of unforgiveness.I choose to walk in the light as You are in the light and be cleansed from all sin.

    Thank you Deb,you really are a minister,God bless you with each passing moment.


  13. Thank you, Kenisha, for ministering to us in such a beautiful way, through your comments and prayers. It’s so important for me to remember that my unforgiveness is a sin. And to forgive quickly and completely, not letting the shock of the hurt or wrong stop me, remembering how easily I mess up and need forgiveness, how none of us really know what we do.
    God bless you, beautiful lady, as you continue to shine His love far and wide!

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