In the parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18, we read about how receiving God’s forgiveness is inextricably linked to offering forgiveness to others. God expects us to forgive just as God has forgiven us. Another way to put this is God expects us to offer people that which we have received from God. And yet, forgiveness is still something that we all deeply struggle with. If you are wrestling with forgiving someone, I do hope you are in prayer about it. God’s will is that of forgiveness. Perhaps, your prayer life ought to be asking for “thy will to be done, not my will…”
As you find your heart softening to God’s will and are in a place to offer people forgiveness from your heart, then I invite you to pray this prayer:
“Heavenly God, you are holy and righteous. You are perfect in justice. I confess that I have not forgiven as you have commanded me to. Through Jesus Christ, I now forgive these people: _________________ (list names and what they did to you). I confess my pride and judgment of those people. Please forgive me Lord and cleanse me from my sin. Please help me to thoroughly entrust these people and the wrongs they caused me into your hands. I pray that your will be done in my life and in their lives. Please help me to no longer think on those wrongs , but instead to focus my thoughts on you. I invite you, Lord, into any painful memories I have concerning what was done. Please heal any wounds I received and help me to have your perspective on what happened. (Take time now to pray silently and receive from the Lord) Thank you, Lord! In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.” -Prayer written by Paul Cook.
Pastor Michael Maroon