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Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

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forgiveness is clearly impossible

"You have heard the commandment, 'You shall love your countryman but hate your enemy.' My command to you is: love your enemies." —Matthew 5:43-44

Alexander Pope captured in a few words a great Biblical insight when he wrote: "To err is human; to forgive divine." It is humanly impossible to forgive. Yet God, Who forgives by His divine power, offers us the grace to forgive. This is obvious because the Lord commands us to forgive:

  • immediately (see Mt 5:25),
  • repeatedly, even 70 x 7 (Mt 18:22),
  • sacrificially by lavishing love and mercy on prodigals (see Lk 15:22ff),
  • even while we're in the process of being crucified (see Lk 23:34),
  • even if others don't apologize or even stop sinning against us (see Lk 23:34-35), and
  • our enemies (see Mt 5:44).

To forgive is obviously divine.

The Holy Trinity lives within us. He will give us the grace to forgive immediately everyone for every sin committed against us. He will give us the grace to forgive by His impossible standards. Therefore, make the following decision and say: "By the power of Jesus Christ, I decide to forgive (name) for (sin) ." Fill in the blanks and repeat this statement until you have forgiven everyone for every sin.

Prayer:  Father, I reject Satan's works of unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment.

Promise:  "Provided you keep all His commandments, He will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory above all other nations He has made, and you will be a people sacred to the Lord, your God, as He promised." —Dt 26:18-19

Praise:  Greg prays to be cleansed from the sins he's not aware of committing (see Ps 19:13).

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 2016

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