Prayers and Reflections

Reflection Day 1 – Forgiveness

Good Morning, may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

-How would you define forgiveness?

-If someone commits a crime, do they deserve to be punished? Why/Why not?

Psalm 103, verses 10-12 says,

‘He has not punished us as our sins should be punished; he has not repaid us for the evil we have done.

As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is his love for those who respect him.

He has taken our sins away from us as far as the east is from west’.

The Bible calls the way we ignore God and treat each other poorly, sin. The Bible is clear that sin deserves justice, but amazingly our loving God has dealt with this by sending Jesus to take the punishment we deserve.

-How does that make you feel?

-What could/should that mean for us?

Prayer Day 1

Let us pray,

Father God,

Thank you that because of your great love for us, you have dealt with sin once and for all in Jesus. Thank you that if we put our trust in you, we can be free from our sin and the consequences of it. Help us to understand what this forgiveness means and give us the courage, humility and strength to forgive others.

Amen.

Reflection Day 2 – Forgiveness

Good Morning, may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

-Have you ever been forgiven for something major?

-How was it?

-What about feeling guilty?

Hebrews, chapter 12, verse 14 reminds us,

 ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness’.

This means if we put our trust in Jesus and his death on the Cross, we can be sure that we are forgiven and with no guilt. God then sees us as pure and holy, like Jesus (although not God like him!)

-How does it feel to ask for forgiveness? Why?

-Is there anyone you need to ask for forgiveness?

-Perhaps consider how you can do that this week.

Prayer Day 2

Let us pray,

Lord God,
Thank you for your gift of forgiveness. That Jesus loved us enough to come to earth and die so we could be forgiven. Help us to forgive everyone who has hurt us. Help us walk in right ways, peace, and joy, demonstrating your life here on earth. Help us to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as you have forgiven us.

Amen

Reflection Day 3 – Forgiveness

 

Good Morning, may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

-When was the last time you really forgave someone?

-How easy did you find it? Why?

Luke 6, verse 37 says,

‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven’.

We are often very good at judging others, and feeling how much better we are then them, but are perhaps not always so good at forgiveness.  

-How much should we be prepared to forgive?  Why?

-Can you think of someone you need to forgive?

Spend a short while thinking of how you can clear the air with that person.

Prayer Day 3

Let us pray,

Father God,

Thank you for the awesome forgiveness you have shown us. Help us to not to judge people and to remember all that we do wrong as well. Help us to have forgiving hearts and enable us to demonstrate some of your unconditional love today, even to those who hurt us.

Amen