Forgiveness

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 12, 2011 Under: writing

I thought you might enjoy reading the devotional I wrote that is published in the current, Summer 2011, Secret Place.
I hope you find it inspirational. The revelation that led up to my writing it has changed my life.  Blessings, Karen


Matthew 6:9-15 (NRSV)                                                                                                 Forgiven

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  “But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:15 (NRSV)

 

            Our pastor often says, “The Lord’s Prayer is meant to be said daily.” Otherwise, it would say give us this week, month, year our weekly, monthly, yearly bread. “Unless you don’t want to eat tomorrow,” he says, “you need to pray it every day.”

            So, even though I have never missed a meal, I added the Lord’s Prayer to my daily prayer and quiet-time routine. After a few days, I felt led to personalize the prayer changing the words “us” and “our” to “me” and “my.” After reciting the New Testament version, I say my personalized version. In a very short time, I stopped myself  midsentence, “And forgive me my debts, as I also have forgiven my debtors.” Am I asking God to forgive me as I have forgiven others?

God is loving and forgiving. He forgives me totally, not grudgingly, not with resentment and bitterness like I sometimes forgive my debtors. He never brings my sin up again.

God reminded me in this exercise of the Lord’s Prayer to model my forgiveness after His.

 

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you for forgiving me. Help me to show forgiveness to others according to your example. In Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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Forgiveness

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 12, 2011 Under: writing

I thought you might enjoy reading the devotional I wrote that is published in the current, Summer 2011, Secret Place.
I hope you find it inspirational. The revelation that led up to my writing it has changed my life.  Blessings, Karen


Matthew 6:9-15 (NRSV)                                                                                                 Forgiven

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  “But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:15 (NRSV)

 

            Our pastor often says, “The Lord’s Prayer is meant to be said daily.” Otherwise, it would say give us this week, month, year our weekly, monthly, yearly bread. “Unless you don’t want to eat tomorrow,” he says, “you need to pray it every day.”

            So, even though I have never missed a meal, I added the Lord’s Prayer to my daily prayer and quiet-time routine. After a few days, I felt led to personalize the prayer changing the words “us” and “our” to “me” and “my.” After reciting the New Testament version, I say my personalized version. In a very short time, I stopped myself  midsentence, “And forgive me my debts, as I also have forgiven my debtors.” Am I asking God to forgive me as I have forgiven others?

God is loving and forgiving. He forgives me totally, not grudgingly, not with resentment and bitterness like I sometimes forgive my debtors. He never brings my sin up again.

God reminded me in this exercise of the Lord’s Prayer to model my forgiveness after His.

 

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you for forgiving me. Help me to show forgiveness to others according to your example. In Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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Forgiveness

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 12, 2011 Under: writing

I thought you might enjoy reading the devotional I wrote that is published in the current, Summer 2011, Secret Place.
I hope you find it inspirational. The revelation that led up to my writing it has changed my life.  Blessings, Karen


Matthew 6:9-15 (NRSV)                                                                                                 Forgiven

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  “But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:15 (NRSV)

 

            Our pastor often says, “The Lord’s Prayer is meant to be said daily.” Otherwise, it would say give us this week, month, year our weekly, monthly, yearly bread. “Unless you don’t want to eat tomorrow,” he says, “you need to pray it every day.”

            So, even though I have never missed a meal, I added the Lord’s Prayer to my daily prayer and quiet-time routine. After a few days, I felt led to personalize the prayer changing the words “us” and “our” to “me” and “my.” After reciting the New Testament version, I say my personalized version. In a very short time, I stopped myself  midsentence, “And forgive me my debts, as I also have forgiven my debtors.” Am I asking God to forgive me as I have forgiven others?

God is loving and forgiving. He forgives me totally, not grudgingly, not with resentment and bitterness like I sometimes forgive my debtors. He never brings my sin up again.

God reminded me in this exercise of the Lord’s Prayer to model my forgiveness after His.

 

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you for forgiving me. Help me to show forgiveness to others according to your example. In Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

In : writing 


Tags: devotional forgiveness 
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Forgiveness

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 12, 2011 Under: writing

I thought you might enjoy reading the devotional I wrote that is published in the current, Summer 2011, Secret Place.
I hope you find it inspirational. The revelation that led up to my writing it has changed my life.  Blessings, Karen


Matthew 6:9-15 (NRSV)                                                                                                 Forgiven

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  “But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:15 (NRSV)

 

            Our pastor often says, “The Lord’s Prayer is meant to be said daily.” Otherwise, it would say give us this week, month, year our weekly, monthly, yearly bread. “Unless you don’t want to eat tomorrow,” he says, “you need to pray it every day.”

            So, even though I have never missed a meal, I added the Lord’s Prayer to my daily prayer and quiet-time routine. After a few days, I felt led to personalize the prayer changing the words “us” and “our” to “me” and “my.” After reciting the New Testament version, I say my personalized version. In a very short time, I stopped myself  midsentence, “And forgive me my debts, as I also have forgiven my debtors.” Am I asking God to forgive me as I have forgiven others?

God is loving and forgiving. He forgives me totally, not grudgingly, not with resentment and bitterness like I sometimes forgive my debtors. He never brings my sin up again.

God reminded me in this exercise of the Lord’s Prayer to model my forgiveness after His.

 

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you for forgiving me. Help me to show forgiveness to others according to your example. In Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

In : writing 


Tags: devotional forgiveness 
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Forgiveness

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 12, 2011 Under: writing

I thought you might enjoy reading the devotional I wrote that is published in the current, Summer 2011, Secret Place.
I hope you find it inspirational. The revelation that led up to my writing it has changed my life.  Blessings, Karen


Matthew 6:9-15 (NRSV)                                                                                                 Forgiven

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  “But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:15 (NRSV)

 

            Our pastor often says, “The Lord’s Prayer is meant to be said daily.” Otherwise, it would say give us this week, month, year our weekly, monthly, yearly bread. “Unless you don’t want to eat tomorrow,” he says, “you need to pray it every day.”

            So, even though I have never missed a meal, I added the Lord’s Prayer to my daily prayer and quiet-time routine. After a few days, I felt led to personalize the prayer changing the words “us” and “our” to “me” and “my.” After reciting the New Testament version, I say my personalized version. In a very short time, I stopped myself  midsentence, “And forgive me my debts, as I also have forgiven my debtors.” Am I asking God to forgive me as I have forgiven others?

God is loving and forgiving. He forgives me totally, not grudgingly, not with resentment and bitterness like I sometimes forgive my debtors. He never brings my sin up again.

God reminded me in this exercise of the Lord’s Prayer to model my forgiveness after His.

 

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you for forgiving me. Help me to show forgiveness to others according to your example. In Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

In : writing 


Tags: devotional forgiveness 
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