No matter how hard it is to forgive or how many times we have to do it, we must remember that forgiveness isn’t optional for a Christian – above Colossians 3:13…
“Yes, I forgive her, but I don’t forget what she did! I won’t let her forget how she hurt me! But, we’re supposed to forgive, so I forgive her.”
What does The Bible say?
We need to meditate on these verses and pray.
Dear Merciful Lord,
Thank you for your gift of forgiveness. Your only Son loved me enough to come to Earth and experience the worst pain imaginable so I could be forgiven. Your mercy flows to me in spite of my faults and failures. Your Word says to “clothe yourselves with Love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (Col. 3:14) Help me demonstrate unconditional Love today, even to those who hurt me.
I understand that even though I feel scarred, my emotions don’t have to control my actions. Father, may Your sweet Words saturate my mind and direct my thoughts. Help me release the hurt and begin to Love as Jesus Loves. I want to see my offender through my Savior’s eyes. If I can be forgiven, so can they. I understand there are no levels to your Love. We are all your children, and your desire is that none of us should perish.
You teach us to “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in our hearts.” (Col. 3:15) When I forgive in words, allow your Holy Spirit to fill my heart with peace. I pray this peace that only comes from Jesus will rule in my heart, keeping out doubt and questions. And above all, I am thankful. Not just today, not just this week, but always. Thank You for the reminder, “Always be thankful.” (Col. 3:15) With gratitude I can draw closer to You and let go of unforgiveness. With gratitude I can see the person who caused my pain as a child of The Most High God. Loved and accepted. Help me find the compassion that comes with true forgiveness I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.