Hirap Ka Bang Magpatawad?
Sinabi ni Jesus, “Ama, patawarin mo sila sapagkat hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginagawa.”
“Ama, patawarin mo sila sapagkat hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginagawa”—ito marahil ang isa sa pinaka-amazing statements ni Jesus na mababasa natin sa Bible. Jesus was extending love and forgiveness to the people who had Him crucified, even if they were not sorry at all!
Can you imagine? Habang nakapako si Jesus sa krus, sugatan, duguan, at unti-unting namamatay, nakuha pa rin Niyang magpatawad sa mga taong nanakit sa Kanya. At sa halip na isipin ang sarili ay kapakanan pa rin ng ibang tao ang nasa isip Niya. Even if He was betrayed, denied, hurt, accused, and sentenced to death, Jesus did not hold any grudges toward His accusers. He did not retaliate with bitter words. He did not curse the people who mocked and judged Him. Instead, He showed them love by praying for them and by forgiving them. Amazing, right? The first thing Jesus did was to pray for His enemies and release forgiveness to them even if they didn’t apologize. Tumawag si Jesus sa Ama and entrusted His enemies to His heavenly Father. He had so much love for other people that even in His time of death, He still thought of forgiving them and saving them.
Nahihirapan ka bang magpatawad ng isang taong nakasakit sa iyo? Or nati-tempt ka bang gumanti sa kanila in some way? The Bible tells us na hindi tayo dapat maghiganti sa ating mga kaaway. Sa halip, dapat natin silang ipanalangin, mahalin, patawarin, at gawan pa rin ng kabutihan. Possible ba iyon? Yes! Jesus was human, and yet He was able to extend love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace to the people who hurt Him. So the next time you feel wronged or hurt by other people, think of Jesus as He was dying on the cross and how He loved His enemies by praying for them, forgiving them, and giving His life for them.
Dear Jesus, help me to forgive those who have hurt me and grant me the grace to love my enemies and do good to them. Amen.
May tao ka ba na hindi kasundo ngayon o may taong nakasakit sayo? Pray for that person and release forgiveness to him/her.