How Do We Forgive? - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series


Bible Verses: Romans 12:17-21

“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the LORD. Instead, ‘If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.’ Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

Luke 23:34

“Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Reflect and Respond:

How do today's verses speak to you about forgiveness? Even about forgiving someone who clearly wronged you?


Father, I want to love like You and forgive like You, but I need Your help. Please empower me to make the step to forgive today. I leave vengeance in Your hands. I choose to forgive and live in peace with You. Help me to do this daily. Amen.

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a year ago
a year ago
The scripture that came to my mind is: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.
a year ago
Dear lord, i thank thee for thy continual strength in faith by praying daily and for your blessings with grace. Father i need help in forgiveness,lord i am really trying to be a better person at it but it is hard, so hevenly father i ask for thy guidane in do it, father help me please ,in jesus name i ask for thy mercy .Amen
a year ago
I am a survivor of ritual abuse and I hated pretty much all men because of it. BUT God has given me grace to see people, men included on their own merits and not judge them by their gender. I also was robbed when I broke my back and was in a recovery skilled nursing facility. I had left my keys with who I thought was a friend....she was an addict and her and two addict friends of hers robbered me of all my much jewelry and a lot of household goods. I thought she was a Christian but something was wrong. She still goes to my church and I have forgiven all three of them but I don’t trust them. The police couldn’t get enough fingerprints but you know what I have been praying for their blessings, for their salvations, that God will meet their needs. Prayer changes you, too! Well I have others to forgive I find from time to time but God is good. Amen
a year ago
You have asked us to live peacefully with our brothers and sisters even though someone close may have wronged us.Your Word also tells us that we are not to seek revenge in order to settle a score, but that we should leave revenge to the righteous anger of Almighty God. Lord Jesus, help me to hear and to obey all of Your Word for You are righteous and just in all Your ways.
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