Forgiveness is easier said, than done, especially in our modern culture that says, “Never say sorry”. Christ expects us to do the exact opposite – to repent when we sin against our Heavenly Father, or against our fellow human beings, and to forgive those who have hurt us. Believers don’t apologize to show weakness, but strength through the power of the Lord.
If you know that you have committed a wrong against God, or other people, you must ask the LORD to forgive you and apologize to the person you wronged. If the person refuses to forgive you, it’s between that person and the LORD. As long as you honor God, you will have a clean plate and an open door of communication with Him (Mark 11: 25).
Example of a prayer that anyone can pray:
“Father, your Word says if we sin, you are just and able to forgive us. I’m sorry that I sinned against you and grieved your Name by ___________. Please forgive me. Give me the strength to do what is right that honors you, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
Father, your Word says if we sin against others, we must go to them and apologize. Please give me the courage to approach ________ and apologize to him (or her) with a humble heart. If necessary, help me correct the wrong I’ve done and heal our relationship, I pray. Help ___________ see that my heart is right and choose to forgive me, I pray, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Psalm 66: 18 – 20
Matthew 5: 23