By: Melanie Clarke
Day 6: Forgiveness
“as we have forgiven those who sin against us”
What is forgiveness? When we sin, we know that we are forgiven by God, through repentance. In the same way, we are to forgive others. The Greek word that is translated into “forgiveness” literally means “to let go”. Forgiveness does not mean condoning an offense or pretending that an offense never happens, but it is letting go of resentment and giving up any claim to be compensated for the hurt or loss that we have suffered.
How do pray prayers of forgiveness? We need to examine our hearts, to search for any resentment or grudges that we are holding, any hurt that we are holding onto, and release it to God. Pray that we can see others as Christ sees them, and pray for God to help us let go of our hurt or resentment.
Biblical example of prayer of forgiveness:
Genesis 50: 16-21
So [Joseph’s brothers] sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.” When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!” they said.
But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.
For ourselves: Ask God to help you forgive yourself and let go of any hold that your mistakes from the past have over your life now.
For LIFT: Ask God to help you forgive anyone at LIFT who has hurt your feelings by their actions towards you.
For our city: Ask God to help you forgive people worldwide who persecute Christians.