Why forgive? Why should we forgive? Learn how to forgive and bless those who have offended you. Prayer of forgiveness to forgive others. Discover why you need to forgive through Bible verses and a movie.
“When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.” Mark 11.25
Prayer of Forgiveness
“Heavenly Father, you are kind and forgiving, and you always love me. Help me to love others with the same love that you have shown me.
I take responsibility for disobeying you by holding a grudge and not forgiving others as you have forgiven m. Please forgive me.
Help me to obey you by forgiving those who have hurt me. I choose now to forgive the wrong and hurt that has been done to me. I forgive (name individuals, including yourself if necessary) for (list the things they did to you) and I no longer blame them for doing this to me. Release me from any resentment, bitterness, anger or hate I have held inside.
Father, as you have promised in your Word, please heal my wounded heart. I choose now to show mercy to those who have offended me and ask that you will bless (name individuals) in all that they do.”
This short movie called, ‘Living Free’ is for those who find it hard to forgive those who have hurt them.
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela
We forgive and extend grace to others because God has forgiven and extended grace to us. Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander along with every other form of malice.” (cruel talk) “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”
“Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has freely forgiven you, so must you also (forgive).” Colossians 3:13 Amp.
We forgive so that our Heavenly Father will forgive us
“For if you forgive people their trespasses – their reckless and wilful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment – your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14
We forgive so that our prayers will not be hindered
It is a sin to hold a grudge against anyone – sin separates us from God and having our prayers answered.
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your (own) failings and shortcomings and let them drop.” Mark 11:25 Amp.
We forgive because God has commanded us to forgive
Jesus did not say that forgiving is a nice thing to do. No, He declared in Mark 11:25 – “If you hold anything against anyone FORGIVE him.” – it is a command.
We forgive because if we don’t forgive we give the enemy a foothold
“If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry – get over it quickly; for when you are angry you give a mighty foothold to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26
We forgive because when we forgive we are released
Luke 6:37 says, ”Forgive and you will be forgiven”. The literal rendering of this verse is, “If you release you shall be released”.
This includes forgiving others and forgiving ourselves!
“If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
Often this choice has to be made daily until you are able to release the one who has hurt you.
Praying a Blessing
“I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse (hurt) you, pray for those who mistreat you (slander) you.” Luke 6:27
Jesus placed another emphasis on forgiveness that we appear to readily overlook. He said that we were not only to forgive, but to actively bless the one that has hurt us.
“Do not do wrong to repay a wrong, and do not insult to repay an insult. But repay with a blessing, because you yourselves were called to do this so that you might receive blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9
If you take action the Lord won’t, and then you allow yourself to be open to the enemy. This means we can short circuit God’s plan for that hurtful situation, as well as make ourselves vulnerable to Satan’s destructive forces. That is what it means when you `repay evil’, or take revenge, or indulge in criticism.
What should we do then?
Romans 12:21 speaks of love in action. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
“Bless those who persecute you: bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:14.
How do we bless our enemies? The greek word for bless is `eulogeo’, which is where we get the word `eulogy’ from – meaning to praise or commend.
It is one of the hardest things to do, but it works. For by blessing the other person, God is able to make it a stepping stone to restoration and mutual blessing.
Why forgive? Why should we forgive? Did you discover the power of forgiveness and how praying a prayer of forgiveness then a prayer of blessing releases us? Prayer of forgiveness to forgive yourself and others – prayer of blessing to bless others. Trust you were blessed by the movie as you discover the power of forgiveness and the benefit of blessing those who have offended us.