Prayer Tip: Forgive… As We Forgive

Posted Sep 9, 2018

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Daily Scripture

Matthew 6:9-12, 14-15

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 23:32-34

They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

Prayer Tip

Many times in my life, I have said or done something to a friend or family member that I felt really bad about. I beat myself up, wondering how I could have done or said something so heartless or offensive. But then, when I finally got up the courage to say I was sorry and ask for forgiveness, the person I apologized to said something like, “I never gave it a second thought. Already forgiven.”

I think that’s how God forgives – not that our sin isn’t or wasn’t a big deal, but that the forgiveness is so much bigger it wipes the sin away completely. When we ask for it, we’re already forgiven. When we know forgiveness like that, it’s easier for us to forgive others (though not easy, because some things are very difficult, or seemingly impossible, to forgive).

This week, spend time with God contemplating forgiveness. Is there something you’re having trouble forgiving yourself for? Ask God’s forgiveness, knowing God forgives you, and ask God to show you how to forgive yourself so that you know how to forgive others as well. Think about a time when someone forgave you for something. Put yourself in their shoes and try to imagine how they were able to forgive you; try to apply that to a situation where you might be struggling to forgive yourself or others.

Lord, God,

This whole forgiveness thing is so tricky. We’re hard on ourselves and hard on others – especially when great harm has been done. Let us know your forgiveness so we can forgive others.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 – Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Facilities Services Program Director & Memorial Garden Administrator

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Angela LaVallie Tinsley

Angela LaVallie Tinsley

Angela serves as the Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator. She began working at Resurrection in April 2007 and in that time has worked with the Singles, Seniors, Young Adults, Guest Connections, and Congregational Care ministries.

Many times in my life, I have said or done something to a friend or family member that I felt really bad about. I beat myself up, wondering how I could have done or said something so heartless or offensive. But then, when I finally got up the courage to say I was sorry and ask for forgiveness, the person I apologized to said something like, “I never gave it a second thought. Already forgiven.” 

I think that’s how God forgives – not that our sin isn’t or wasn’t a big deal, but that the forgiveness is so much bigger it wipes the sin away completely. When we ask for it, we’re already forgiven. When we know forgiveness like that, it’s easier for us to forgive others (though not easy, because some things are very difficult, or seemingly impossible, to forgive).

This week, spend time with God contemplating forgiveness. Is there something you’re having trouble forgiving yourself for? Ask God’s forgiveness, knowing God forgives you, and ask God to show you how to forgive yourself so that you know how to forgive others as well. Think about a time when someone forgave you for something. Put yourself in their shoes and try to imagine how they were able to forgive you; try to apply that to a situation where you might be struggling to forgive yourself or others.

Lord, God,

This whole forgiveness thing is so tricky. We’re hard on ourselves and hard on others – especially when great harm has been done. Let us know your forgiveness so we can forgive others.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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