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2 Ways to Know That You Need a Forgiveness Prayer

We recently discussed the importance of forgiveness prayers. Forgiving people who have wronged us is a hard thing to do, but Jesus says this:

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44)

Let’s consider two ways of recognizing when you may need to say a forgiveness prayer:

Anger: Does the thought of a specific person make you cringe with irritation?  Or do you get that angry little feeling in the pit of your stomach when someone says a specific person’s name?  If so, then it’s time to say a forgiveness prayer. Remember, if you’re walking in anger then you can’t be walking in love because they’re opposites!

Sadness/Hurt: If the thought of another person makes you sad, then you may need to say a forgiveness prayer. When hurt is still present in your heart, then you haven’t completely healed from the situation. Saying a forgiveness prayer can help you release the emotional pain that another person may have caused you. Once you’ve released that emotional burden then it’s much easier to move forward in happiness.

God tells us to forgive so that we can heal and move forward with love.

Is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by MaddiGraice on January 3, 2013 at 08:58

    What do you do when someone constantly hurts you? I’m having trouble forgiving someone because though I know I could let go of past afflictions, new ones arise every couple of days. And it’s not a situation where I can just up and leave.

  2. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 15:49

    I need to forgive my ex fiance its hard to for all the abuse I suffered the 10 years I was with him. And for him trying to hurt me and use our now two year old son to hurt me and tear my life apart.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 25, 2011 at 22:15

      oh wow I am so sorry Rachel. I have no idea how much pain you are feeling from this. The good thing is, you are NOT going to get married to this selfish, mean, and hurtful JERK!! You WILL get a man that deserves you in the future that God has ready for you. Try to forgive him and not think of him, because he is the one who is missing out. I’m praying for you.

  3. Posted by AyshaIves on July 25, 2011 at 06:52

    Jenna and Paris, I’m so glad that this article is inspirational to you! And e.stevens, I ABSOLUTELY agree that you have to allow God in in order to truly be able to forgive someone who hurts you. Part of the forgiveness prayer is asking God to come in and help you to do just that! =)

  4. Posted by on July 22, 2011 at 14:08

    yeah… saying a forgiveness prayer. honestly, i believe this, but not just saying it. actually opening your heart to God, because just saying it doesn’t mean you will forgive them unless your heart is open and you allow God in 😀

  5. Posted by on July 21, 2011 at 21:15

    Love this article. There is no point in holding on to a grudge. If Jesus forgives us for our sins time after time, we should do the same. Life is too short for you not to be happy.

  6. Posted by on July 21, 2011 at 15:03

    wow… you have no idea how much I needed to hear that. ALL of that. thank you so much!