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  • Writer's pictureMegan L. Anderson

A Criminal's Faith

Take a moment to refresh, refocus, and refine your faith.

Jesus, in the midst of an agonizing execution, a justly convicted criminal spent the last of his mortal energy and time on defending your character. With each excruciating breath, he declared his faith in you in the face of your judges, jury, executioners, and critics. He glorified you even as he prepared to sink into oblivion that day. Here I am, two thousand years later, still wrestling with doubts and being pulled by worldly opinions. Lord, build in me a faith like that criminal’s. Help me grasp my undeservedness of mercy and how you counter it with your infinite generosity of forgiveness. Teach me what it means to believe in you with all that is in me. Amen.

Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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