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The hardest to forgive

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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Lord God,

Please help me to forgive
Those who know
They’ve hurt me,
But won’t apologise –

For they
Are the hardest people
To forgive.

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Minded to forgive

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8-10; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent (Luke 24:47; NLT).

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Lord,

You’re not thinking
All the time
Of sin,

Of judgment,
Punishment,
And penance,

For you are love,
And minded
To forgive –

When we repent.

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Be merciful

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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Lord,

Be merciful and kind
Towards my mother;

Forgive her sins,
Forgetting all that’s past.

Don’t let her suffer
Any pain or terror;

And bring her
To your kingdom, Lord,

At last.

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Hidden anger

Do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Ephesians 4:26; NKJV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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Lord,

I acknowledge,
Here and now
Before you,

My hidden anger,
Hate,
And bitterness;

The hurt and harm
I’ve done
To other people;

And the conflicts
That have left me
Scarred for life.

Forgive and heal me,
Gentle Lord,
I pray,

And help me learn
To speak the truth
In love.

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My lips say I forgive

Whilst listening to a radio play called Home Front, one character said something that suggested the beginning of this prayer to me, so I’m very grateful to the writer for their inspiration.

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Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Do not nurse hatred in your heart (Leviticus 19:17; NLT).

Forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart (Matthew 18:35; NLT).

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Lord,

My lips say
I forgive all those
Who hurt me,

But my mind knows
It needs longer
To catch up.

My mind says
I forgive all those
Who hurt me;

But my heart knows
It needs longer
To catch up.

My heart says
I forgive all those
Who hurt me;

But my soul knows
It needs longer,
To catch up.

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Help me to forgive

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Do not nurse hatred in your heart (Leviticus 19:17; NLT).

Forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart (Matthew 18:35; NLT).

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Lord,

Help me to forgive
Not only with my lips,

But with my mind,
And heart,
And soul

As well.

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The struggle to forgive

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

With the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38; NIV).

If you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you (James 2:13; NLT).

Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

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Lord,

The struggle to forgive
Those who have hurt us

Can be the longest, hardest battle
Of our lives.

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