Friday, January 26, 2007


Forgiveness may be the hardest concept to understand, let alone practice. The Lord's Prayer tells us to ask God to: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us, (or debts, or trespasses). How is this possible? It certainly isn't easy. Perhaps this poem will help develop understanding of what is meant.


You cling to grudges.
You take offense.
You seek vengeance
and think it will satisfy.

You let the evil one
control your mind.
Learn to forgive to
escape his control.

Don't walk in unforgiveness.
Don't let anger
seize your life.

Forgive them as I
forgive you.
On Golgotha I
forgave my killers.

As Judas left to betray
he was forgiven.
Nothing you do is
worse sin than his.

Accept My forgiveness.
Confess to be healed.
Let Me make you whole.
Become intimate with Me.

As I forgive you
forgive those who
wound* you.
Pass on My blessing.

You can't do it in
your own strength.
Let My healing come
so you can forgive.

(Matt 6:9-15, Luke 23:34, John 13:18-30)
Inspired by Dennis W., sermon January 21, 2007 (don't blame him for Judas, that is my interpretation)
© January 21, 2007, Presbypoet
*(debts, sins, or trespasses against you)