I FORGIVE YOU but,,,,,,

Monday, August 4

No “Buts” About It

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Luke 23:34

Recommended Reading
Luke 6:32-35

You may have heard these words from someone you hurt: “I forgive you, but ….” If there is a pause after “but,” what are you thinking? During that moment of silence you are probably wondering if you are truly forgiven or not. The relief you heard in “I forgive you” probably vanished when you heard “but.”

“But” usually means there is a condition involved. “You can ride with me, but (I have three stops to make first).” “I’ll let you borrow my car, but (you’ll need to return it with the gas tank full).” Sometimes conditions are expected (filling the gas tank), but sometimes they seem out of place: “I forgive you, but ….” Doesn’t “forgive” mean, well, forgive — as in unconditional forgiveness? When we hear “but,” we hear the prelude to conditions on which forgiveness will be extended. When Jesus Christ asked God to forgive those who crucified Him, His request was unconditional: “Father, forgive them.” He didn’t say, “Forgive them, but don’t make it easy on them.” He simply asked that they be forgiven.

2 Responses to “I FORGIVE YOU but,,,,,,”


  2. The question is did God forgive them? We never got that answer did we. We always here the phrase Father forgive them, but did we get an answer.

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