The Struggle to Forgive

If you are struggling to forgive
someone who has hurt, offended, or wronged you,
then I would encourage you to read
and reflect on the following prayer and Scriptures:

Father, thank you that there is One
who into earth’s bitter waters
of sin, injustice, hatred, and revenge
poured a crimson flood to make them sweet.

Never was any man more unjustly sinned against.
The world He loved drove nails into His hands and feet.
Yet He prayed to you, “Father, forgive them.”
Remind us Lord that your servants
are not above You, our Lord.
Help us to receive your pardon for ourselves,
and then model the gospel
by forgiving others the same way that you have forgiven us. AMEN.

In Exodus 34, the LORD reveals to Moses his character and his ways:

6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed,
“The Lord, the Lord,
a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
7 keeping steadfast love for thousands,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
but who will by no means clear the guilty,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers
on the children and the children’s children,
to the third and the fourth generation.”

Romans 4:5 – And to the one who does not work
but believes in him who justifies the ungodly,
his faith is counted as righteousness.

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