Thursday, May 25, 2006

* Teach me To Forgive *

Dear God, teach me to forgive all those who have
wronged me no matter how serious their offense. Although
it is my human nature to carry resentment and feel hatred
for those who have hurt me, I know that anger and hatred
are not Your way Lord. You are a God of forgiveness, forgiving
seventy times seven times. And since I am made in Your
.image, grant me the strength to forgive just as You forgive

While my pride prompts me to carry a grudge, Your word
tells me to love my enemies. And this was no hollow
admonishment on Your part since You set an example by
.asking forgiveness for the very men who slayed You
Certainly I,then, can forgive those guilty of much
.lesser wrongs

So often we refuse to forgive those who hurt us because of
our own stubbornness and fragile egos. Yet it is in forgiving
that we banish pain and hurt. My fleshly nature tells me
that harsh words spoken against me and evil actions perpetrated
upon me demand like for like. That's why my first
reaction is to strike back when I am attacked. But as a child of
God, I know that there is a better and holier way to respond
to wrongdoing. Therefore, let me return hatred with love and
.evil with good, for You would have it no other way

In Your infinite wisdom, my Lord, You taught us that it
is in forgiving that we are forgiven and that it is in
loving that we are loved. So now I come before You, praying
for those who have hurt me, forgiving those whose actions have
caused me pain. I release all of my anger through this prayer
.and ask You for the strength to forgive and to forget

For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me. In Your righteousness
.bring my soul out of trouble

~ Psalm 143:11 ~

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