When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross [and] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).
When someone hurts me,
Please help me to forgive,
To love, and bless, and pray for them,
However long they live.
When someone harms me,
Please help me to be glad,
Thanking you for what they did,
For you bring good from bad.
When someone wounds me,
Please help me to hold on,
For you bring hope from everything,
Although my hope is gone.
When someone grieves me,
Please help me to rejoice;
Then peace will be my watchword,
And your way of love, my choice.
To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (Ephesians 3:20-21; NIV).
1. If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NLT).
Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).
Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27; NLT).
2. I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, prosecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).
Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6; NIV).
Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).
In all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).
3. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise (Hebrews 10:23; NLT).
“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).
The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone (Acts 27:20; NLT).
4. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us to develop endurance (Romans 5:3; NLT).
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts (Colossians 3:15; NLT).
Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).