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The cruel and cunning – Find it in your heart to forgive as our Lord does for us

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The darkness is a blanket that will cover you entirely without any hope of escape. The once familiar path of understanding will be transformed into weary and meek obscurities that will haunt your very thoughts. You will attempt to make sense of this ambiguity but it will be useless, for the evils surrounding you, will appear strong and interminable.

Do not fear the dark forces that will try to overtake your mind, body and soul. The heart, mind and soul of a lamb of Jesus, belongs only to Him and Him alone. Your life is and will always be in the Hands of God. Until the final breath is taken from you, the path in which you walk is from Him, He who created the earth and all of mankind.
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth . . . (Philippians 2:9 - 11).”

During this time of Great Lent, it is very crucial to remain in constant prayer with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We should be more cognizant of our thoughts and actions towards one another. As you begin the journey to Holy Week and to Pascha, remember how forgiving and compassionate our Lord Jesus is. Even at the moment of His death, nailed brutally up on that Cross, Jesus took the time to forgive the men who condemned Him.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots (Luke 23:34).”

Even at His death, moments before Jesus took His final breath of life, He forgave those people who hated Him and in the end, killed Him. Jesus suffered so much from the forty-days in the desert, tempted by the devil, and His great passion and Crucifixion. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ endured so much pain, that we as humans, could never fathom.

Take a moment to recall the demons in your life. As difficult as forgiveness can be sometimes, think about how easy it came to our Lord. Do not hold grudges against those who hate you, and to those who wish you harm. Understand that whoever hates you today, hated Jesus first.

Jesus says this: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).”

Pray to our Lord, and ask Him to protect and help you against the darkness that will always attempt to torment you. Put all your hurt, worry and fear in His Hands. Allow Jesus to intervene and ensure your safety.

Do not hold it against your brother. If Jesus could forgive, even after all He had to endure, than so can we, an unworthy sinners. There is no comparison between the two. Jesus has already forgives us when we repent, so we must forgive one another too. If we cannot forgive those who trespass against us, how can we expect Jesus to forgive us our trespasses?

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