Psalm 100, Hebrews 12:14-15
Reflections of the Heart:
Alan Brandt was quoted in print in 1995 as saying “Being resentful, they say, is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die” and the same year he was also quoted as saying “Resentment is like taking poison and hoping it’ll kill someone else.” www.quora.com
Beloved Father, thank You for loving, forgiving and saving us. Thank You for giving us opportunities each day to show love and forgiveness to others. Thank You for increasing Your presence, power, anointing and abundance in our lives. Lord, You are great! You are most worthy of praise! No one can measure Your greatness. We will let all that is within us praise You, Lord; with our whole hearts, we will praise Your Holy Name. We will never forget the good things You do for us. You forgive all our sins and heal all diseases. You crown us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. You fill our lives with good things so that our youth is renewed like that of the eagle’s!
Righteous Father, Your Word says that we are to make allowance for the faults of others and forgive anyone who offends us. We remember that You forgave us, so we, therefore, must forgive others. We will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. We will intentionally show deep love for each other and for our family members and friends because love covers a multitude of sins. We will not copy the behavior and customs of this world but will let You transform us into new persons by changing the way we think. Then we will learn to know Your will for us, Lord, which is good and pleasing and perfect. We confess that we will not worry about anything; instead, we will pray about everything. We will tell You what we need and thank You for all You have already done. Through prayer, we will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so we will have all the endurance and patience needed. May we be refilled daily with Your joy.
Holy Spirit, help us understand that You love us unconditionally and that You are a forgiving God. Reveal any unforgiveness that is in our hearts and give us wisdom and courage to seek spiritual and/or professional counseling. Help us understand unforgiveness, which is classified as a disease in medical books, can lead to heart disease, cancer and other stress-related illnesses. Touch and renew our hearts so that we release the past and go forward, fully forgiving others of any offenses. Give us the peace and freedom that come from letting go and allowing You to fill our hearts with love.
Forgiving Father, please forgive us for all acts of sinfulness including jealousy, contempt, pride, bitterness, hatred, malice and holding grudges. Forgive us when we engage in acts of unforgiveness such as arguments, criticism, lying, gossiping and vengeful acts within our families, friends, workplace and community relationships. Forgive us for expecting to be forgiven by You when we choose not to forgive others for past offenses. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind all of us of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray to forgive myself and others today.
Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King; Your rule is everlasting. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to You. All of Your acts are just and true. You alone have held the oceans in Your hand. You measured the heavens with Your fingers and know the weight of the earth. The Lord God Almighty is Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 145:1-3, Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV), Colossians 3:13, James 1:19, 1 Peter 4:8, Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 1:11, Matthew 6:13, Daniel 4:34-35,37, Isaiah 40:12