And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25 (NIV)
You want to become like me, is that correct? Yes, I want to become like you. I thought it was your plan to mold and shape my life so that I become like you. That is my plan. So, you want me to love like you love. You want me to give like you gave. You want me to serve like you served. Do I have the right idea? Yes, you do have the right idea. I know that I will never be perfect. I will fall short and miss the mark of becoming just like you. I know that I will sin and need your forgiveness. You have my forgiveness. I also know that you will keep on molding and shaping my life everyday so that I will continue to become more like you. That’s exactly right. Your work in my life will continue right up until the day that I come to live forever in heaven with you. That’s right. You started our conversation with a question. Yes, I did. Do you have something specific in mind that was part of your question? Yes, I do.
What else do you want to ask me? Is there something you want me to do that I am not doing? Where do you want to continue to mold and shape my life right now? I want you to forgive others just as I have forgiven you. I had a feeling that was what you might say to me. Why is that? I have been hurt. I have been wounded. I have been mistreated and attacked. You’re not too happy about what you have had to suffer. No, not at all. You have been quite unhappy about how you have been mistreated. That’s right. You are holding on to some anger and bitterness toward those who have attacked you. Yes, I am. I would like to ask you some more questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. Was I ever hurt and wounded? Was I ever mistreated and attacked? Yes, you were hurt, wounded, mistreated and attacked many times. So, we share this in common? Yes, we do, at least in part. Did I ever hold on to anger and bitterness toward my attackers? No, you did not. You prayed for everyone who mistreated and hurt you. Yes, I did. You forgave those who wounded and attacked you? Yes, I did.
Do you still want to become like me? Yes, I do. Will you forgive others just as I have forgiven you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for forgiving me of all my sins and cleansing me of all my unrighteousness. Help me to forgive all others just as you have forgiven me. Use me as a vibrant witness for you as I extend to others the same forgiveness I have received from you. Amen
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