Look around you, Believer, if you represent Jesus with your life. There will be a Herod and Herodias (with their Herodians), and there will be a Pilate who disregards the visions of his wife. You will be pushed back and forth between Herod and Pilate, and you will be crucified. Count it all joy that you are considered worthy to suffer and die for His Name, for this is proof that your name is found in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Having said this, be sure that your actions are pure, and there is the rub. Am I holy? Am I in constant communion with my Father? Or have I given in, even a little bit, to vain imaginings and fallen beneath the temptation of bearing false witness against my neighbor? ‘Forgive us our trespasses because we forgive those who trespass against us.’
Jesus has not commanded us to pray for our friends who were once enemies, but to pray for our enemies–those who are hurting us right now. When we do this, we can see that they are lost and hurting, and it is easy to forgive them, even if they are unrepentant for their words and actions.
‘Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.’