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Dear Father!,... we come in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. As we examine our hearts this morning Dear Lord, help us to find forgiveness there for the ones who have hurt us. Even though the memories are there, help us to remember that we ourselves are not perfect. Help us to find the seeds of love and understanding toward our brothers and sisters and all mankind…….
Sometimes when we have been hurt, or rejected, the pain remains long after the deed has been done. Cleanse our hearts today Lord. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Help us to remember the words Jesus spoke from the cross --- "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do." Please help us look beyond their faults and see what You see. You looked beyond our faults and saw our great need of You and Your love. Help us to look beyond our brother's faults and know that they too need Your love, and our love as well…….
Sometimes a hurting person, a person who has been cruelly treated, a rejected person, or one who has a very poor image of themselves can be insensitive to the needs and feelings of others because they have become embedded in their own pain. Help that one in emotional pain today Dear Lord. Please minister to those who are ill , or in physical pain. Both illness and physical pain can hamper ones feelings of love and well-being and can sometimes affect one's outward attitudes toward the world…….
Yes, Dear Lord, help us to look past the external and search for the internal value of each other. Help us to give the benefit of the doubt when evaluating one another. Help each of us to lead by example - even when we sometimes feel the pain ourselves. Let us count it all joy, as we look unto You to heal and comfort us, knowing that You love us and understand us intimately…….
Help us to remember when our own pain emerges, that we can stop right then and there and pray for a forgiving heart, pray for the one who has hurt us (even though they may not be among the living), for these… (“PRAYERS NULLIFY BITTERNESS!”)… of heart. Each time we think upon that one who has hurt us, let us turn to you in prayer - for you have the power to change the hearts of men…….
Let us pray for the enlightenment of others, and for ourselves as well…….
If we hope to be forgiven, we must forgive from our hearts. Please teach us to have loving and forgiving hearts, for Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory!... Amen.