1 John 2:12 – “I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.”
The disciple John, the one beloved to the Christ, is writing to the church. To encourage believers to love. In the same way Jesus loved them. Which includes forgiveness.
Matthew 6:12 – “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”
Forgive us our selfish choices, so we can forgive those who have been selfish toward us.
Forgive us our thoughtless words, so we can forgive those who have spoken thoughtlessly to us.
Forgive us our mistakes, so we can forgive those who have made mistakes against us.
Forgive us for our wrong choices, so we can forgive those who have wronged us.
Forgive us for our knee-jerk quick reactions, so we can forgive those who have not overreacted toward us.
Forgive us for our fits of anger, so we can forgive those who have been angry with us.
But it goes so much deeper than this.
God, forgive us.
For every time we have failed to live up to Your image (Genesis 1:27).
Forgive us for not living up to our godly potential (walking in our godly gifts), so we can be free to help others know You and love You (Matthew 28:19-20).
Forgive us for not being the poetry You created us to be (Ephesians 2:10), so we can be a living expression of Your love and grace.
Forgive us for being stingy with our love and compassion, so we can be better at being Your light (Matthew 5:16) and measuring out great amounts of Your love (Luke 6:38).
Forgive us for not being quicker to forgive or not forgiving completely, so that we may help others find the peace and security they seek (Matthew 6:14) and we can help release people from their bondage.
Forgive us for not stepping out of our comfort zones to touch and impact people, so that we find boldness to reach out to people and go the extra mile with them (Matthew 5:41) whenever we are called, despite how uncomfortable it makes us.
Forgive us for not trusting You more and for choosing to focus on our problems instead of Your solutions, so we may have big faith that moves mountains and sees the impossible happen (Matthew 21:21).
Forgive us for every moment we should have depended on you but didn’t, so we can rise above ourselves and live completely dependent on you (Matthew 5:3).
Forgive us for every time we refused Your grace or denied Your love, so we can learn how to trust You completely without reservation, hesitation, or doubt (James 1:6-8).
Forgive us for being controlled by our old habits and wrong thoughts, so we can be transformed completed into Your image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Forgive us for not allowing You to help us with our concerns, so we can learn to receive Your care and then help others walk through their trials (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Forgive us for our lack of humility that keeps us from following You, so that we can learn to fully submit to You with an open heart (James 4:6-7) and willing feet (James 1:22).
Forgive us for those moments of silence when we should have been speaking Your truth, so we can learn to speak up with “My tongue … the pen of a ready writer” (Psalm 45:1).
Forgive us for every time we gave up and refused to continue, so we can learn to “mount up with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31) to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Forgive us for every time we offered You are good works instead of a faithful heart, so we can learn that our heart is most important to You (Psalm 51:17).
Thank You, loving Father, for Your extreme compassion and expanding grace that cover us through all our human moments. Thank You that, despite all we do, we can always “come boldly to the throne of grace” to find forgiveness and “obtain mercy” (Hebrews 4:16). Thank You for helping us to accept where we are but not be limited or stuck there forever. Thank You for helping us grow beyond our present season and our recent choices into a blessed and prosperous future. AMEN!
Marie Fremin, 6/6/16.