Many feel forgiveness should be earned but that is not scriptural approach. Scripture encourages us to forgive unconditionally, repeated over and over until the issue has been made right. As Christians we should take every opportunity to walk in forgiveness with all that we know have wronged us. We should take every opportunity to extend forgiveness as a Christian duty (Excerpts taken from the Sunday School Lesson for November 6, 2011).
A PRAYER OF FORGIVENESSFather, In the Name of Jesus, I make a fresh commitment to You to live in peace and harmony—not only with my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, but with my friends, associates, neighbors, family, and co-workers, too.
I let go of all bitterness, resentment, envying, strife, and unkindness in any form. I give no place to the devil, In the Name of Jesus.
Now Father, I ask Your forgiveness. By faith I receive it. I am cleansed from all unrighteousness through Jesus Christ. As I forgive and release all who have wronged and hurt me, I ask You to forgive and release them. Deal with them in Your mercy and loving kindness.
From this moment on, I set myself to walk in love to seek peace, to live in agreement, and to conduct myself toward others in a manner that is pleasing to you.
It is written in Your Word that the love of God has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost. I believe that Your love flows out from me to everyone I come in contact with. In Jesus’ Name, I receive it done. Amen.
Remember it is peaceful when you walk in forgiveness with all men. Annie Eskridge, author of Sin Abides. website: www.ruthplace.com or email me at email@example.com