Amen. The way things are I've been doing that a lot lately!
Throughout our lives we have been in friendships, relationships, or employment positions that have caused us great hurt, pain and disappointment. Some of these hurts have caused us to look at humanity with a scrooge attitude—a heart of stone throwing stones. Then others have lost their self-confidence and feel worthless. And yet others spend time trying to figure out ways of revenge. Which I see as a total waste of time and energy. But I remember watching a movie where the lady said forgiveness is not for what they did to you, but forgiveness is for you so that person or persons no longer has power over you or your life. The word of God teaches us, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV) Even Jesus, on the cross, said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 KJV) Are we to do any less or deviate from this mindset?
Here is a prayer we hope will get you on the right track and the more you read it—will keep you there.
Father, please bless me with the wonderful power of forgiveness. Give me the grace to, unconditionally, forgive those who have done me wrong. Please give me the strength to release all ill-will, the strength to forgive myself for my own failings and sins, knowing that you have already forgiven me. Father, we ask your assistance in letting go of ideals, old patterns and habits that no longer serve me, arguments, and limiting beliefs. Please free me of all anger, bitterness, hate and unforgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.