Well, this is a hard week. We focus on one word…
This word elicits so many emotions. God speaks to forgiveness numerous times throughout Scripture because He knows it is a challenge for His children.
As you work through this chapter, please remember I struggled with forgiving my attacker for years. It is NOT something that came easily. It is not something I learned in a week. My heart’s desire is that God will take the Truths I share in this chapter and plant them deep in your heart. I am praying He will tender your soul to receive them and allow them to penetrate to the deepest, darkest crevices and begin a mighty transformational work.
I invite you to be vulnerable this week. Would you consider sharing your struggle with forgiveness so we can be praying for you? I know how hard this is, and I commit to pray specifically for each one of you who leave a comment this week. Unforgiveness is a HUGE stronghold, and Satan would love nothing more than to keep you in your place of unforgiveness. DON’T GIVE HIM THIS PLEASURE!! Claim the mind of Christ that is yours. Stand firm on the Scriptures we study this week. Work through the questions and invite God into the process. He is waiting for you to bring this to Him and give you victory over this in your life.
Below please find the video message for this week as well as this week’s assignment, memory verse, and prayer. In the message, I talk about a “Prayer of Forgiveness” I have written. If you would like a copy, please leave your e-mail address, and I will send it to you.
Assignment: Read Chapter Six in Hidden Joy, “Learning Forgiveness.” Complete the Guide for Reflection and Study questions for Chapter 6 located in the back of the book.
Memory Verse: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the the Lord forgives you. Colossians 3:13
Heavenly Father, Your grace amazes me. Thank You for dying on the cross for me when I was still a sinner. Thank You for suffering pain, humiliation, and rejection for me. Thank You that Your sacrifice was sufficient to forgive all my sins. Lord, I am harboring unforgiveness in my heart. I know this grieves your heart. Please forgive me for refusing to extend grace and forgiveness the way you so graciously extended it to me. You know how much this person has hurt me. You know the wrongs they have done to me…how they have betrayed me. But I know, Lord, Your will is forgiveness. For it is in granting forgiveness that I will be freed! Help me, Father to grant forgiveness. Cleanse my heart from all bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. Root out every ounce so that nothing is remains. You are my strength, and in You alone I know that I am able to forgive. Give me the courage and the strength to take this step. I commit to leave all my pain and hurt at the foot of the cross, allowing You to take it all. I will hold on to nothing! Please begin Your healing work in my heart and mind. I ask all this in the powerful and healing Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
Please know I will be praying for you as you journey through this chapter on forgiveness. Please share what God does in your life in and through this chapter.