Forgiveness Prayer
Father God, I choose, as an act of my will, to forgive (name)____________ for
_______(specific offense.) Father, I ask that you forgive them as well; and not 
hold these charges against him/her on my account. 

Father God, if there are any more stored up negative feelings in me toward
_________, I ask that you cleanse me.  I will be open to replace these negative
emotions with the fruit of your Holy Spirit. 

Father, Your Holy Word tells us that we overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb,
Jesus Christ, and the word of our testimony. I now plead the blood of Jesus over 
this offense and over my unforgiveness. Lord, do not allow Satan to interfere with 
my testimony. 

Heavenly Father, I ask that you help me regain the ground that I gave up when I 
held onto these offenses.  I ask that you take back this ground and no longer allow 
Satan to operate there.  Give me wisdom to deal with this situation in the future. 

Father, I ask that you heal now the wounded places in my soul.  Heal my memory of
those offenses so that I can look back on them realistically, knowing that You have
healed me.  Now Father, I ask that you bless ____(name) with Your abundant mercy.
Prosper him/her in every way: body, soul, and spirit. AMEN. 

Forgiveness does not necessarily mean that the consequences of the offender's
actions are removed.  Usually they are not. In forgiving us, God Himself does not
suspend the natural law of "sowing and reaping."  In Galatians 6, Paul wrote, "Do 
not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to 
the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life"(vs.7-8). 

God does not forgive so that all consequences of our sin can be removed.  He
forgives so that we can enjoy His loving acceptance of us.  He forgives to offer a
relationship in spite of the losses incurred by our sin.  He removes eternal guilt 
and shame, but not all of the scars and consequences that we must live with. 

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