“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (NRSV)
God asks of us to forgive those who have done harm to us or a loved one, or who have said hurtful things about us. It has always been a comfort to me to know that God will forgive my transgressions and sins. But asking me to forgive others, in certain cases, seems an impossible task. Many years and prayers later I have learned that anyone can hang onto hate or hold a grudge but it takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from a painful burden. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened is okay. It just means you have made peace with the pain and are ready to let go and move on.
Prayer: I pray, Lord, to forgive those who have harmed me, to let go of petty resentments and grudges, and to overlook faults of others. In Jesus name, Amen.
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