Peace Family, it’s a fresh new week, and I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!
I’m still thinking about details around Easter, particularly forgiveness. So many times, when we look at Christ’s betrayal, we focus on Judas’ kiss, but we don’t usually make a big deal about the fact that Jesus, knowing what Judas has done, called him, “friend.” He called the man who betrayed him to his death, “friend.” (See Matthew 26:50)
If Jesus could do that to the man who enabled his murder, surely we can forgive our own betrayers. This is also what Jesus does for you and me; no matter how many sins we have committed against him and against other people, Jesus calls us, “friend.” That’s why he died for us; he wanted to claim us as his friend.
I’ve also been thinking about how forgiveness is also especially hard when we do not feel loved or forgiven by God ourselves. Maybe we know logically that him paying the price for us on the cross and redeeming us means we are forgiven, but we struggle to make it real in our hearts.
Peace family, my prayer for you today is that you would know that you are God’s friend. He loves you, and he has given all to make you part of his family. There are so many things to be afraid of, but let’s step out of our fear and condemnation, and embrace the love that Christ has for us.