Messiah, my Lord, grant us the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change, courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Help us to forgive those who persecute us. Those who have deeply hurt us. Those who have wrongfully accused us. Those who speak ill of us. Those who abuse us whether it is physically, emotionally or mentally. And those who have asked for forgiveness but we find it difficult to.
Lord, help us to forgive just as you did when you sent your son to die on the cross of Calvary for us. He suffered an unimaginable death all for lowly sinners such as ourselves.
We know we do not deserve it, Oh Heavenly Father. We do not deserve your grace, yet you gave it to us through your love. We cry out in desperation.
Help us to not beg for forgiveness but repent for it because we are already forgiven through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
You are Mighty to save, Lord. We know you will give us the strength to fight off a heavy heart against those who did us wrong. It takes a strong person to admit they are wrong and ask for forgiveness but it takes an even stronger person to forgive.
Help us not to hold them in mind. Give us peace, Oh Loving Father, the peace that passes all understanding.
Give us peace within our mind, body, soul and hearts, for it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning we are pardoned and it is in dying we are born to eternal life. In Jesus' mighty name we pray, Amen!
Bible verses about Forgiveness
Matthew 18: 21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Luke 23:33-34 When they came to a place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 - 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.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Luke 6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.