Faith – Make It Real

Forgiveness Prayer

Remove what doesn’t apply to you and add what is missing.


Hands folded together in prayerLord, Jesus Christ, I ask today to forgive everyone in my life. I know that You will give me the strength to forgive, and I thank You for loving me more than I love myself and want my happiness more than I desire it for myself.

Lord, I forgive myself for my sins, faults and failings. For all that is truly bad in myself or all that I think is bad, I do forgive myself. For taking Your name in vain; for not worshipping and praising You. For hurting my parents; for getting drunk; for taking drugs; for sins against my purity; for adultery; for abortion; for stealing; for lying, I am truly forgiving myself today.

Thank You, Lord, for Your grace at this moment.

I truly forgive my mother. I forgive her for all the times she hurt me, she resented me, she was angry with me, and for all the times she punished me. I forgive her for the times she preferred my brothers and sisters to me. I forgive her for the times she told me I was dumb, ugly, stupid, the worse of her children, or that I cost the family a lot of money. For the times she told me I was unwanted, an accident, a mistake or not what she expected, I forgive her. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt her — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

I forgive my father. I forgive him for any non-support, an lack of love, affection or attention. I forgive him for any lack of time, for not giving me his companionship, for his drinking or arguing and fighting with my mother or the other children. For his severe punishments, for desertion, for being away from home, for divorcing my mother, or for running around on her, I do forgive him. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt him — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

Lord, I extend forgiveness to my sisters and brothers. I forgive those who rejected me, lied about me, hated me, resented me, competed for my parents’ love, those who hurt me, who physically harmed me. For those who were too severe on me, punished me or made my life unpleasant in any way, I do forgive them. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt them — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

Lord, I forgive my spouse for lack of love, affection, consideration, respect, support, attention, communication, for faults, failings, weaknesses, and those other acts of words or actions that hurt or disturb me. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt my spouse — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

Jesus, I forgive my children for their lack of respect, obedience, love, attention, support, warmth, understanding; their bad habits, falling away from the church, any bad actions or words that disturb me. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt them — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

My God, I forgive my relative by marriage, who treat me and/or my child(ren) with a lack of love. For all their words, thoughts, actions or omissions which injure and cause pain, I forgive them. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt them — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

Please help me to forgive any relative who may have interfered in our family, been possessive of my parents, who may have caused confusion or tuned one parent against the other. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt them — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

Jesus, help me to forgive my friends, church members and co-workers who are disagreeable or make life miserable for me. For those who push their work off on me, gossip about me, won’t cooperate with me, try to take my job, I do forgive them. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt them — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

My neighbors need to be forgiven, Lord. For all their noise, letting their property run down, not tying up their pets who run through my yard, not taking in their trash cans, being prejudiced and running down the neighborhood, I do forgive them. I forgive myself for any way I might have hurt them — intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly.

Amen.

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