Read Luke 23:33-43. After reading this passage, reflect on Jesus’ words,”Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” After reflecting on Jesus’ words, then reflect on the thief’s words, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
After the above meditation, ask yourself the below questions. Spend some time with God as you live into these questions. Afterwards, you are invited to write down your own thoughts, feelings, and reflections about forgiveness.
When we ask for forgiveness, are we not really asking God, our friend, our family member, the one wronged, to remember us…to remember who we truly are in spite of ourselves at moments of weakness?
Can forgiveness be both an act in itself, as well as a state of being?
When we actively forgive, does it free the forgiver up more than the one receiving it, or is there an equal exchange of forgiveness?
Did Jesus open himself up to being able to forgive the unforgivable, or does he simply swim in the stuff?
Why do we often times put conditions on forgiveness, but God does not?
Is it okay to forgive, and not forget?
Why is it easier to see and judge the wrongs of others; yet so hard to turn the mirror in our direction?
When the mirror is turned in our direction, why even then, is it still hard to acknowledge our faults? Is this pride? Is it spiritual blindness? Is it then necessary to practice how to forgive ourselves?
If I practice forgiveness, will it make me less judgmental?
Is it healthy to fake it before I make it?
There are so many questions. Jesus, will you remember me when you come into your kingdom?