Forgive them ... they don't know what they're doing!

As Jesus hung on the cross, engulfed in the horror of crucifixion and sin bearing, he asked the Father to forgive those who were responsible for his pain. That's simply amazing. And we've all heard this verse used to motivate us to be more forgiving, and I'm all for it.

But what about the other side of it? What about the times we are the ones causing the pain? Do we ever recognize that our actions may be the result of not knowing all the facts? 

I've recently been on the receiving end of some snide comments and hurtful accusations designed to mock and undermine some things I'm involved in. And honestly, while bringing some amusement at the foolishness of it all, they didn't really effect me. Except, I suppose, to give me fodder for this Daily Thought.

Here's the deal. We in the evangelical community are becoming way too quick to launch at one another if there is a chance we can get some publicity or a laugh from our friends. We're all too ready to criticize others before we get all the facts. And I believe we are like the Roman soldiers. We just don't know that we don't know. We don't know all the facts. We don't know the situation. And most probably when we do know all we should know, we'll be asking God to "forgive us, for we didn't know what we were doing."