Unforgiveness is a cancer that holds us hostage for a long time. It leaves us in spiritual desolation by robbing us of the joy in our lives. When we do not forgive others, we attach ourselves to that hurt and pain, and it continues to weaken and damage our spirit. Forgiving someone for the harm they have caused gives us freedom—freedom to live, love, and laugh. Forgiveness is transforming. It takes us from the darkness of despair into the light of hope. Hope gives us a second chance to do what is right, mend relationships, build bridges of reconciliation, and be a person of integrity.

Imagine Jesus on the cross, beaten and bloody, taking his last breaths, and so weak that he can hardly speak. Then, he calls out to the Father to forgive those who have harmed him. It is unfathomable the extent of God’s mercy and grace. And if we are a recipient of that amazing grace, are we not called to extend it to others?

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God of amazing grace, I come before you with all my shortcomings and ask for your forgiveness. I have fallen short of your glory in so many ways, but I humble myself before you and unveil my humanness. Pour upon me your mercy and forgive me. At your feet, I lay the burden of unforgiveness for those who have harmed me. I am full of anger and resentment, and it is breaking my spirit. I long for wholeness and the release of these bitter feelings. I pray that you will transform this darkness into the light of your love and hope so that I can be free. In the name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

From 40 Days, A Journey of Prayer.