The Mercy of God knows no bounds, except
for the heart which refuses to receive the
gift of His forgiveness. Even from the cross,
the dying Jesus called on His Father to forgive
those who were killing Him. If we have received
such a marvelous gift from the Lord, how
can our hearts be stingy in forgiving our
brother or sister?
"When they came to the place that is called
The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with
the criminals, one on his right and one on
his left. Then Jesus said, 'Father, forgive
them; for they do not know what they are
doing.'" (Luke 23.33-34)
The heart of one in sin is bound
With the burdens of slavery;
The heart of one confessed has found
The awesome wealth of God's mercy.
This wealth is an inheritance
Meant to be squandered far and wide;
As we forgive any offence
Peace and freedom come to abide.
Forgiveness is a letting go
Of all that binds the will to love;
The forgiven will come to know
This priceless grace flows from above.
The good thief teaches us clearly
A contrite heart and will suffice:
He asked: "Jesus, remember me";
The Lord granted him paradise.
"Father, forgive! They do not
From the cross, grace and mercy flow.
"'We indeed have been condemned justly, for
we are getting what we deserve for our deeds,
but this man has done nothing wrong.' Then
he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come
into your kingdom.' He replied, 'Truly I
tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'" (Luke 23:41-43)
Lord, free my heart from all that the judgments
and hard feelings that keep me from forgiving.
May all souls come to know the awesome riches
of Your mercy. Amen.
(c) Paul Buis, 2009