I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to be Luke Skywalker, and be told that this man who you must go up against, betrayed and killed your father. And then to learn that he actually is your father.
I can’t. I can’t imagine being told this. The rush of emotions and anger that would flood me seem insurmountable.
So, I’m attempting to step into Luke’s shoes. Could I forgive this man who left my sister and I orphans? Could I forgive this man who killed my mother because of his lack of self-control? The man who killed my mentor? Who because of his pride, ego, and lust for revenge & power killed multitude of others?
The world would say that Luke had every right to not forgive his father. It would be said that Luke deserved to hold a grudge against him, to even seek revenge against him. The world says we are entitled to being unforgiving when wrong has been done to us.
However, we don’t operate the way the world does. We live the way Jesus did. We live in the skin of grace and forgiveness.
So… we chose to forgive. We daily seek God to help us live this out.
If Jesus can bear the sin of the world (yours & mine included) and still offer forgiveness to us & those who whipped and drove nails into His hands & feet, I think we can do the same. After all, we have the power of the Holy Spirit which is greater than the Dark Side [cookies & all 😉 ].