Learning to Forgive and Talk to God Through Difficult Circumstances
Before asking forgiveness, you must specifically state the thing you did wrong and admit that you did it. Tell God that you know what you did was wrong. Admitting you did it is pointless if you do not admit that you know it was wrong. Say that you are sorry for what you did. It is still not enough to say what you did and admit that it was wrong. Now you must apologize for it. Feel sincerely sorry for the wrong, and let that regret come through in what you say to God.
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It must be sincerely from your heart. You must always be honest when you are asking for forgiveness. If you believe that God knows your heart anyway, there is no sense in lying to him. Tell him the guilt you feel for your sin, and that being separated from him has made you sad.
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Since the words in the Bible come from God, they show a model for how to talk to God. Search your Bible, or online, to find scriptures about asking for forgiveness. Use those to make your prayer meaningful. These scriptures talk about forgiveness. The New Testament is full of truth about forgiveness. You can repeat the scripture verbatim or paraphrase it so it means more to you.
Just as you would with other people, after saying you are sorry you must ask to be forgiven. There is no special prayer you have to pray to earn forgiveness from God. All you have to do is ask him to forgive you, through Jesus Christ, and believe that he will forgive you. It was wrong and cowardly for me to do that. Please forgive me for my weakness in that moment. Asking God one time, with a genuine heart, is all you have to do. Tell God that you believe He has forgiven you. Belief and forgiveness go hand in hand. God says that when you ask him to forgive you with sincere hearts that is He is faithful to forgive.
Tell yourself you believe Him and tell God you believe Him. Hebrews says, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. Seek forgiveness from people you hurt by what you did. Although sin ultimately breaks relationship with God, other people are often hurt, too. Tell the person you are sorry you hurt them and ask them to forgive you.
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Repent of the wrong behavior. Once you are forgiven by God for your sin and by others for any hurt you caused, you must turn away from that sin. Make a conscious decision that you will not purposefully commit the same sin again after being forgiven. The only way to get further from habitual sin is to tell yourself you are not going to do it again. Acts is helpful in this process.
It says, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Work to keep from doing the same wrong thing again. Part of your goal in following Christ is to move further from sin, and this takes committed work.
In Matthew , God calls you to become perfect, as he is perfect.
Forgiving others can be really difficult
Learn scripture to combat temptation. Spending time reading your Bible, praying to God, and talking with other Christians are all vitally important to living a life that is free of sin. Yes, God loves us and he knows that one day we will turn to him. First is our unwavering faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I do not know if we will forget our sins, but the time will come when those who repent will no longer be troubled by their sins.
No doubt all of them remembered their sins, but somehow they were no longer troubled by them. We recognize that we are a different person than the one who sinned. As we repent, we become a different person than we were. Accordingly, we can be comforted by the truth that God will ultimately judge us by what we have become, not by what we were.
The Apostle Paul gave some constructive counsel to all of us who have sinned but are striving to repent. It steals from us the joy of knowing His forgiveness in our lives. Are you having trouble praying with power? Could it be that there is someone you need to forgive? A third reason for forgiveness is that Forgiveness yields power in the life of the one forgiven.
Just as God's grace had a transforming effect in your life, your extension of that grace to others has power to transform them. In these painful situations we must keep in mind that every lost person matters to God. Paul endured all kinds of persecution and pain in order to share Christ.
Jesus endured the pain and shame of the cross in order to redeem you. When we endure and forgive rather than strike back and resent, we open the doorway of grace to someone else. True Forgiveness is an act of grace empowered by God.
Forgiveness is not easy. In fact, I suspect that many of you here today are already bristling at the idea of extending forgiveness to someone who has hurt you. It's an unnatural act. We desire justice and vindication. We want to get even. To forgive someone requires the work of God in your life. This is NOT a natural act. How else do you explain a parent who can forgive someone who murdered their child? How else do you explain the spouse who forgives a mate for their adultery?
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These things happen only as a result of God working through them. True Forgiveness results in a changed attitude toward another. What does it mean to forgive a person? In Thomas Watson's book on the Lord's Prayer he writes,. Forgiveness has taken place when we can honestly seek good for the other person.
It is when we make an effort to restore a relationship rather than avoid the relationship. Forgiveness has taken place when past actions no longer hold a present bearing. Forgiveness is real when hate is replaced by love. Forgiveness is seldom a one-time affair. We have to consciously seek to forgive again and again. One moment we may feel we have let the matter go and in the next something stimulates a painful memory that must be dealt with again.
The roots of bitterness go deep. The deeper the hurt, the more time may be needed for the difficult work of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a decision of the mind and the heart which must be reaffirmed over and over. True Forgiveness must be Realistic. We must understand that the act of forgiveness may not heal the relationship with the person who hurt us.
How Do I Know When I Am Forgiven?
The person we forgive may not even see anything they need to be forgiven of. It may seem that they are indifferent to the pain they have inflicted. Forgiveness may not affect the other person at all. But we must extend forgiveness anyway as an act of trust toward God. We must forgive because we choose to do what is right, not because of the response we hope to get from the other. We also need to realize that we cannot wait for someone else to make the first move.
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We feel the person who offended should be the one to make the first move. However, the Lord gives us no such rule. The rule the Lord gives us is simply this: forgive as I have forgiven you.