How do you forgive someone who mistreats you when they never apologize and ask for forgiveness? How do you forgive someone that claims to be a christian, yet they mistreat you over and over again? How do you forgive someone that misuses their position to argue their point of view? How do you forgive someone that never admits when he is wrong?
I know that the Bible admonishes us to forgive. However, human emotions attempt to hinder forgiveness. Emotions have a way of preventing us from forgetting the hurt, embarassment, pain, degradation, humiliation, etc. Yet, we must forgive. If we expect Christ to forgive us, we must forgive the mean, low-down, perpetrator
-that inflicted the pain,
-that caused embarrassment,
-that inflicted physical abuse,
-that verbally degraded,
-that mentally tortured,
-that took advantage of the weak.
Lord, I forgive _____________ for ________________. Show ______________ the error of his/her ways. To forgive is an act, not an emotion. Therefore, I ask you, God, to take away the pain, and all ill feelings that I have toward _________________. Your Word reminds me that if I forgive others , you will forgive me. Thank you, God, for forgiveness. Bless the one that has caused me harm. - In Jesus name, AMEN.