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Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Prayer of Forgiveness

Lord Jesus, how difficult for me
to treat with forgiving love
those who have offended me!
Vengeful rages in my heart,
and in my thirst for getting even, I dare call "justice"
what is only bitter revenge.

But you tell me:
"Relent! Forgive!
Correct your erring brother or sister
with patient love.
Remember my command that you treat others
the way you would like to be treated."

Lord, I know you are right.
But you know how hard it is for me
to do as you say.
Help me do just that.
Help me to consider not the hurts I suffered,
but the hurt they will suffer in the jail of hell
if they do not stop hurting their neighbor.
Help me be not an instrument of your punishment,
but a channel of your mercy,
a prophet who leads offenders to conversion.

Let my forgiveness of my offenders
be sincere and clad with gentleness-
so sincere that I may wish and work for their repentance,
so that they and I may be together in heaven
like the best of friends.


Joy said...

forgive me Lord