S: But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. Luke 23:23 (ESV)
O: No matter Pilate’s desire, it was the voice of the crowd that prevailed. United, loud, and ungiving in its demands. I know this was necessary to fulfill the Scriptures, but I can’t help but acknowledge the influence of a united and unyielding voice.
A: Are we who say we are followers of Jesus united and unyielding in our voice? Is our love loud and obvious? Or is there disunity and frustration in the body of Christ? If the only work Jesus calls us to is to believe in Him (John 6:29) and the greatest commandment is to love God and others – why is there disunity and frustration? Why are we not united?
One small word sums up every reason.
But the good news is we are forgiven! This should be the underlying current in every word uttered from us, “Father forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Forgive them (me, you, them…everyone), Father, for they know not what they do.
Because of You, Jesus, we are forgiven.
P: Thank You, Jesus. Please help us to forgive and love like You. May this be what people can’t avoid, what they can’t dismiss – a crazy, outrageously obvious love for God and people that is united and influential. A voice of forgiveness and love.
A voice that prevails.
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