Our LORD forgave those who viciously tortured Him. How can the holy people of God not do the same?
32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
St. Stephen, the first Messianic martyr, forgave those who stoned him.
Acts 7: 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen appealed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Falling on his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
We must forgive the tyrants. We may vote against them and campaign against them and do everything righteously moral against them but we must forgive them “For they do not know what they are doing.”
Do you think they know? Maybe the wicked are doing it for greed but they do NOT know that money does NOT get you peace.
Isaiah 48:22 “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”
Maybe some are doing it for vengeance. But do they know what the LORD says?
For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”
Maybe some are doing this to supposedly save the world, maybe saving the world through depopulation.
Hitler, too, had a plan, an admittedly evil plan. He thought he was doing right by getting rid of all the supposedly bad seed. He did NOT know what was right according to the Word of God: DO NOT MURDER! Hitler was led by the spirit of antichrist!
These tyrants are under spells. They are under spells of demons. They are caught in a web of lies and deceit. They are totally bound.
Not the only time, but one particular time I prayed for this world leader. I was shown in the Spirit how terribly bound he was. He was miserable though he hid it well. There was no peace. I actually felt sorry for him though he was trying to lead this country into communism.
We must pray for our leaders to find the Prince of Peace, Yeshua.
1 Timothy 2
1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Tyrants need to know the Savior of the world! Many of them won’t come to Him – but some might. We need to pray for the tyrants that they would know the liberty in Christ.
The LORD gave this Scripture at the end of His passage on forgiveness.
Matt 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
We must forgive to be like Yeshua, when He said: “For they do not know what they are doing.”
Scriptures on FORGIVENESS
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
21Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.