As I read about the beating and mocking Jesus went through before his death I wonder how he didn’t get mad at his torturers. How could he say “Forgive them they don’t know”?
Jesus knew who his real enemy was, and it wasn’t those men. They were just puppets. If we ever want to truly walk in love, we have to know who our enemy is. It is not the people who persecute or reject us, and say evil things about us. It is the deceiver who fools their hearts.
Understanding this helps us to have compassion on people who blindly follow his lead because they have no idea what awaits them on the other-side. Jesus died to save them from eternal separation. By his spirit we can love when others don’t deserve it…when they give us nothing but heartache in return. We press on and give them grace.