Luke 23:24, "Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing"
Can I be just real straight up vulnerable with you? [shocking, right]
I came across my prayer journal from a year ago this very day. From time to time, I go back to remember. To see what was on my heart. To see the path of God's faithfulness.
As I flipped back to December of 2016, I stopped on one of the entries. I read it slowly.
I want to share it with you because it may encourage you. It may release some pent up stuff happening in that heart of yours. Sometimes we don't know we are in bondage until we begin to pour our hearts out to the Lord. Suddenly, He releases some long held hurts and injuries.
Here's the entry from December 2016:
Father, I forgive those who have hurt me. I release all of the hurt, rejection, anger, bitterness....all of it. When people reject me, they are really rejecting You.
Forgive me for not forgiving. Open my heart. Slice it right open. I release all of the rejection, hurt, anger, bitterness--I lay it at Your feet and ask that You heal my heart because it belongs to You.
My spirit abides in You.
Father, from this moment on, I walk in forgiveness. I walk in Grace. I walk in Humility. I walk in LOVE. I walk in Joy. I walk in Hope.
My heart is encased in Yours. It will not be penetrated by hurt and hurt will NOT change me. I am full of JOY. And Hope. And Laughter. And Love.
I will not be afraid to express love, encouragement, kindness--because of fear of rejection. I will not self-protect anymore. God has my heart encased in His.
Father, thank you for speaking Your words into me. Thank You for setting me free.
I am a new creation. Created in the image of God. To live a life of LOVE, FORGIVENESS, GRACE, JOY, MERCY.
I forgive _____. I forgive_______. I forgive_______. I forgive ________. I forgive ________. I forgive_______.
I forgive friends who have hurt me.
I release these loved ones to You. I ask that You bless them in a Mighty way. Pour Your Love over them-fill them with your Joy. Bless their families and give them Joy and Abundance. Fill their hearts with YOU, Lord! Let good things happen to them. Surround them with Peace.
Lord, forgive me for holding these feelings in my heart. Lord, forgive them. For they know not what they do.
Forgive me for letting feelings and thoughts eat at me and consume me.
If I am rejected, I consider it an honor to walk the same road that Jesus walked. Through pain, Jesus loved and gave His life.
Lord, I want to love like Jesus. Without holding back.
Thank you for releasing me from these chains of unforgiveness. I am set free today.
I hold nothing against anyone. What can man do to me?
If God is for me, who can be against me? Romans 8:31
For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13
Lead me, Father. Guide me down the path of Love, Holiness, Sanctification and Mercy. I choose You. Above all else.
In Jesus Name, amen.
As I read this entry, I was amazed at how the Lord had done exactly as I had asked. I was released. I had a fresh heart. I had fresh eyes to see these people as Jesus saw them.
I didn't even realize I had been holding so much inside until I released it to God.
Start this new year fresh. With a clean and pure heart. Leaving all of the baggage of unforgiveness behind.
We cannot live for Jesus if we live in bitterness and hold grudges. It is just not possible.