Lord, as you have shown me great forgiveness, may I show that same type of forgiveness to others.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29-32
Archbishop Desmond Tutu teaches:
To forgive is not just to be altruistic. It is the best form of self-interest. It is also a process that does not exclude hatred and anger. These emotions are all part of being human. You should never hate yourself for hating others who do terrible things: The depth of your love is shown by the extent of your anger.
However, when I talk of forgiveness, I mean the belief that you can come out the other side a better person. A better person than one being consumed by anger and hatred. Remaining in that state locks you in a state of victimhood, making you almost dependent on the perpetrator. If you can find it in yourself to forgive, then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator. You can move on, and you can even help the perpetrator to become a better person, too.”
Search yourself. What do you need to forgive? Who do you need to forgive? Wrestle with the hurt and the harm. Come out the other side a better person...one who has been forgiven and one who has forgiven.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
May you experience and understand just how much God has forgiven you and as a result begin to love and forgive others. May you experience the freedom that comes by forgiving and being forgiven.