And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart. Matthew 18:33-35 (ESV)
I praise You Lord for the forgiveness You have offered to me, and continually offer me. Thank you for seeing past my sin and faults, and pursuing me with love. Thank you for offering me mercy and grace when I only deserved death. Thank you for extending to me hope and love, when I was ignorant to the fact that I desperately needed You.
Lord, I give my heart to You to mold and grow. There are individuals in my life who have hurt me. Help me to forgive them fully, as You have forgiven me. Forgive me for making excuses regarding why I am unable to extend the same mercy to them that I have received from You. Remind me of how much I have to be grateful for, and overflow my heart with a desire to offer the same love and grace to others that You have modeled to me. Help me to understand the importance of forgiving others. And when I am unable to forgive like Christ, show me how to come to You for the strength and humility that is necessary to release, and be healed from, the hurt, anger, unforgiveness, pride and bitterness that I am holding onto. Teach me how to choose to walk in forgiveness, and give me the self-discipline necessary to continue walking in forgiveness for the deep hurts that I struggle with. May the path of mercy lead me into a closer and more intimate relationship with You.
I pray that You would be glorified through my life, and that You would be able to use my walk with Christ as a model of love, mercy, and grace in the lives of others.
In Jesus name I pray this,