Day 14 – Pray for those who have hurt me
“as we have also forgiven our debtors” – Matthew 6:12b (ESV)
Maintaining our fellowship with God will often require that we seek reconciliation with others. When we ignore conflict with others, bitterness can easily take root in our hearts. In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus said, “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Jesus knows our hurts and wounds. He knows that the only path toward healing begins with forgiving the one who has left us wounded. If we maintain an unforgiving spirit, we will stunt our growth spiritually. Is there anyone you hold bitterness towards because of hurt they have brought into your life? Have you forgiven them and given up your right to hurt them in return? Can you pray for their wellbeing? If you can’t, this may be a sign that bitterness has grown in your heart.
Take a few moments to ask God for strength to extend forgiveness to anyone who has hurt you.