When we forgive the way we have been forgiven through Christ Jesus, the outcome of that commitment displays grace. Our forgiveness is then extended through more and more people. The grand finale of our obedience is a spectacular showing of thanksgiving and an increase to God’s glory - His glory, reflected in our forgiveness. That is good news and so much better than the bitter sting of holding onto something God never intended for you to keep.
Dear Jesus, please reveal the areas of my life where I need to practice or seek forgiveness. Where there are elements connected to grudges or bitterness, please prune away what needs pruning so that I may walk with complete wholeness and fullness of life. If there is someone I need to forgive, I pray for grace to extend through me so that your glory may be experienced in all of my relationships. Glory and honor and thanksgiving be to You. In Your name, amen.
Are there any relationships in my life where I may have offended someone and need to “come clean” and ask for forgiveness?
Are there any relationships where I have held onto past hurts or grudges that I need to address and offer forgiveness?
Have I ever received the complete forgiveness that God extended to me through His son, Jesus Christ, so that I am able to extend that same grace to others?