And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Most of us could say that at one point or another, one situation or another, we could be considered a victim. It can be as simple as a slanderous word or as deadly as murder but yet still a victim. But as it shows in Luke 23 the act of slander ended with the deadly, ultimate act of murder. Jesus was the Ultimate Victim. And He did it for us. And even on His cross, his death bed, he called out to God, asking for forgiveness for the people. “Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
So I ask you, as a victim, have you cried out to the Father? Even if reconciliation with the offender is not possible, their soul is still in need of the Savior.
Being a victim is not a place that anyone wants to be. It’s painful and sometimes, usually, shameful, but it’s not a place that we have to stay. I implore you, if you are being victimize in any way, remove yourself, seek protection from an outside source. There are people out there, community services, churches, loving by standers that will give you a place to go. You do not have to stay there. There is nothing that you have done to deserve it! Just as there was NOTHING THAT JESUS HAD DONE to deserve His ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
Lord, I pray for those living in fear each day that are being victimize. I pray that You will provide them with bravery and the right circumstances so they are able to escape from the traps they have found themselves in. I thank You for being our Savior in all our ugliness. Lord help me to be brave and step out with confidence. Be with my family and friends. Loving them, protecting them, strengthening them, showing them the way. Amen!