A Thanksgiving Prayer

clark prayer

From the book Every Thought Captive by Jerusha Clark, page 64

Forgiveness: Deserve Has Nothing to do with it

Forgiveness is spiritual surgery on your own soul.

The first and sometimes only person to get the benefits of forgiving is the person who does the forgiving.
~Lewis Smedes in The Art of Forgiving

It is a process for me. Is it a process for you too?

When you forgive somebody who has wronged you, you’re spared the dismal corrosion of bitterness and wounded pride.  ~Frederick Buechner in Listening to Your Life

Forgiveness is housekeeping for the mind

As we forgive, we taste the sweetness of freedom and the hope for a future without the pain our minds have consistently replayed. The other person may never feel a whit differently that (s)he did the moment (s)he wounded us. But we are set free by forgiving, and that is a divine miracle. ~Jerusha Clark in Every Thought Captive

Deserve has nothing to do with it:

Of course he does not deserve to be forgiven. Nobody does. {Even} being sorry for the wrong we did does not earn us a right to be forgiven. There is no such thing as a right to be forgiven. Forgiving flows always and only from what theologians call grace~~~unearned, undeserved favor. ~Lewis Smedes in The Art of Forgiving

Because of Grace :)

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