Someone who cut you off in traffic
Someone who made you mad that you haven't forgiven
Someone who physically abused you
Someone who sexually abused you
Someone who verbally abused you
Someone who has stolen from you
Someone who has lied to you
Someone who has rejected you
Someone who has hurt someone you love
Yourself (accepting God's forgiveness)
Other (Holy Spirit, please show me anyone else
I need to forgive)
Are You Angry with Someone?
If you become angry or offended easily, or if you think of someone and something doesn't feel right inside, that's an indication that there is a need to forgive someone. Please pray slowly through the list below asking the Holy Spirit to help you identify anyone who has wronged you that you have not forgiven. It helps me to keep in mind the following scripture.
"Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us." Matthew 6:12
Prayer for overcoming Unforgiveness/Bitterness
Following is a possible prayer. Feel free to pray as the Holy Spirit leads (Pray out loud if you are able)
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, I choose to forgive ___________ from my heart for all intentional and unintentional offenses committed against me. With Your help, I release him/her for what he/she did to me. I place it on the cross and separate it from him/her. On the Day of Judgement when I stand before your throne, I will hold no accusation against him/her. Thank you that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Please give me your strength to forgive. Father, I ask you to bless _____________ and not to hold this/these offense(s) against them.
I confess, and repent for allowing this unforgiveness in my life. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to forgive me. Thank you that as I confess, you are faithful and just to forgive my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. If anyone in my life modeled unforgiveness or carried bitterness that caused me to be defiled, I forgive them and ask you to bring people into my life now to model your way of living.
In the name of Jesus, and by the power of His blood, I cancel all of Satan’s authority over me in this area. Holy Spirit, I invite you into my heart to heal me of this pain. Please speak your words of truth to me about this situation now and in the days ahead. Please fill me with a greater revelation of your great mercy for me and allow me to see _____________ through your eyes. Give me the strength to forgive others like you forgive me. Please show me any lies of the enemy that would cause me to carry this unforgiveness and the truth that will set me free. Thank you Lord that you will give me perfect peace as I trust you to work this situation for my good. Help me to trust you more. Thank you Lord that I am free to forgive and free to love others. Help me remember to deal with each future offense before I go to bed. Please heal my body and my soul of any effects that have been caused by this bitterness or unforgiveness. In Jesus name, Amen.
Parts of this prayer were taken from “Biblical Foundations of Freedom, Destroying Satan’s Lies with God’s Truth” by Art Mathais & “To Heal the Heart” by Michael Hinson
Scriptures on Forgiveness (Note: It also really helps to pray for the person. This helps to heal your heart and helps them too!) I really like "The Power of a Praying Parent" by Stormie Omartian. You can use the prayers and just change the words to fit anyone.
Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
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 times seven times”
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.....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.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
1 Corinthians 11: 28, 30-31
A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Do not say, “I’ll do to him as he has done to me; I’ll pay that man back for what he did.
Romans 12:14, 17, 19-21
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.....Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody..... Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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