When Jesus hung on the cross tortured, pained and dying, he could have cried out to God the Father to send twelve legions of angels to descend and help him and even slay the people who crucified and mocked him.
Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? -Matthew 26:53
But He didn’t. Instead, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
Having legions of angels come to the aid of Jesus would have been a powerful act. But many would have died.
Yet, in His love, Jesus forgave. And because of this act of forgiveness, many even to this day have known the gift of life that God offers to all.
Forgiveness on the cross proved to be more powerful than calling down heaven’s armies.
It’s easy to wish ill upon those who hurt or misjudge us. Vengeance is a real temptation. But there is no power there. There is only emptiness.
True power comes out of forgiveness, for it brings to both the forgiver and the forgiven a touch of Godly love. Godly love is never momentary. It causes eternal ripples of heavenly goodness.
Live a powerful life. Forgive!