And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.Matthew 6:12
You are always more willing to forgive than we are to repent, and no matter how many times we sin, You continue to forgive us. Yet we struggle to extend that same forgiveness to others. We are like the unforgiving servant who was forgiven an enormous debt, one he could never repay, only to refuse to forgive a fellow servant’s debt that was far less (Matthew 18:23-35). We hold grudges against those who have wronged us and hold on to bitterness in our hearts. Forgiveness is a defining mark of the Church, so much so that after You taught Your disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer, You said, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14). This is a difficult teaching for us to grasp, because forgiveness is foreign to our sinful human nature. We wish to hurt those who have hurt us. We want to retaliate and get revenge. Yet You model for us a different way. Please work forgiveness in our hearts by Your strength, Lord. Help us to realize just how great a debt You have forgiven us, and may that perspective help us to forgive those who have hurt us. Remind us daily that “God made [us] alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands” (Colossians 2:13-14). We thank You from the bottom of our hearts for such unfathomable forgiveness, which we acknowledge that we do not deserve in the least. Let this forgiveness flow from us to others as well, that we may forgive as we have been forgiven.
Thank You for forgiving me…
Please give me Your strength to forgive the following people…
In Your name I pray. Amen.
For a full explanation of this challenge, see the post 12-Minute Prayer Challenge. If you are just joining us, feel free to continue on with us from the current day, or if you prefer, you can go back and start at Day 1.