Father in Heaven,
You command me to forgive others. I know that. In theory, it sounds reasonable and not all that hard. But in reality, it's one of the hardest things you ask me to do.
It's hard letting go of the hurt feelings, the anger and the pain. I feel like if I forgive someone's transgression, it's like saying to them "It's okay that you hurt me." It feels like letting them off the hook. If I forgive them, it feels as if 'they win.'
Deep down, I know that if I forgive someone's trangressions against me, then it is I who win. Because if I can let go of my personal pride; if I can trust that justice will be served through You, then I have matured spiritually and my spirit becomes a little more like Yours. And THAT is my goal in life - to allow you to form me in YOUR image and likeness.
So, I ask You, Father, to help me to love unconditionally and to forgive as easily as You forgive. When I become angry or hurt, please step in to help me to let it go before it takes root in my heart and grows into bitterness and resentment. This is something I can't do without Your help. It is too big for me. But I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
And so I ask this in the name of Christ, the Lord.