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Forgiving the Unforgivable
 Reverend Bernadette Voorhees
  March 13, 2022

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Every service at Unity begins with our statement of faith: “There is only one presence and one power in the universe, God the good omnipotent.”  At Unity we learn that Forgiveness isn’t a process of ‘setting something right’, it a process of ‘seeing something right.’ In Mark:  11:25:  Jesus said, “When you go to pray examine your heart first and if you are holding any grievance or unforgiveness toward yourself or your neighbor; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Move your body into a comfortable position and close your eyes. Breathe and allow yourself to relax and reflect on forgiveness and what forgiveness means to you.  It may be an image, an energy, a sense, or a feeling in your body.  Whatever it is for you, begin to dwell on the meaning of forgiveness in your life.
What is forgiveness?  Have you ever forgiven someone?  How did that feel?  Consider how it would feel to live with a sense of forgiveness in your life right now.  Now, rest your attention at the heart center, at the point in the middle of your chest and allow these words to move through you. “I forgive myself.  I forgive myself for any pain, suffering, or hurt I may have caused myself by my words, my thoughts, or my actions.  Whether I intended or didn’t intend the suffering, I forgive myself.  I forgive myself.”

Within your heart, silently forgive yourself, continuing to repeat these phrases for a while.
“I forgive myself.  I forgive myself for any pain, suffering, or hurt I may have caused myself by my words, my thoughts, or my actions.  Whether I intended or didn’t intend the suffering, I forgive myself.  I forgive myself.” Shift now to any pain you may have caused others whether intentionally or unintentionally and affirm: “I forgive myself for any pain or suffering I may have caused you, by my words, thoughts, or deeds, whether intentional or unintentional.  I forgive myself.”  Hold yourself in the embrace of a forgiving heart.  Wipe the slate as clean as possible and move on.  Repeat the phrase: “I forgive myself.”   Now repeat the following phrases for a while.  “I forgive myself for any pain or suffering I may have caused you, by my words, thoughts, or deeds, whether intentional or unintentional.  I forgive myself.”

Now turn outward, asking for forgiveness by recalling an image or sense of someone whom you have hurt and silently say to them:
“Please forgive me.  Please forgive me for the pain and heartbreak I may have caused you by my words, thoughts, or deeds.  I ask your forgiveness.  I ask you to let me back into your heart.  Please forgive me for any way I may have hurt you.” Now as you sit in the silence of prayer, feel that forgiveness coming to you, for the ways you might have caused pain or suffering through confusion, doubt, ignorance, or carelessness and say, “Please forgive me.” Now repeat the forgiveness phrases, directing them toward others whom you may have hurt. “Please forgive me.  Please forgive me for the pain and heartbreak I may have caused you by my words, thoughts, or deeds.  I ask your forgiveness.  I ask you to let me back into your heart.  Please forgive me for any way I may have hurt you.” Now recall the image or the sense of someone who has hurt your, someone who has caused you pain, sadness, suffering, or heartbreak.  Extend feelings of forgiveness to his person: “I am willing to forgive you.  I forgive you for what you did.”

Keep breathing and saying the phrase,
“I forgive you.” You may wish to use the name of the person.  “I forgive you for what happened.  I forgive you.” Allow forgiveness to crumble the walls that stand between you and the person who caused you pain and suffering.  Touch the person with forgiveness and mercy.  Repeat the phrases and direct them toward others who may have hurt you. “I forgive you for what happened.  I forgive you.”

Open your heart and allow feelings of forgiveness to spill out to include anyone who may have hurt you in small or big ways. From there include all beings, all over the planet.  Allow the feelings of forgiveness and mercy to encompass and embrace all who live and breathe in the beautiful world of ours. May our planet and all who walk, crawl, swim, and fly be free from suffering.
Think of all the people or experiences of the past or present that you now choose to forgive and affirm: “In the nature of Jesus Christ, I fully forgive you now.  I enfold you in God’s love. I desire the best for you. I free you and you free me from all negative feelings.”

Through the power of your spoken word, you have now placed a circle of love around you.  No harm can come to you through it. No harm can go through it from you to another. God’s love is freely flowing through you and is now making your outer world after that inner perfect pattern bringing your every good desire, your every act and belief under the law of progressive good and not only for you but for all life fulfilling the law: “So in mind, so in manifestation.” Return your awareness to your breathing for a few minutes. Complete this exercise in forgiveness by saying the Lord’s Prayer and then slowly open your eyes.

Forgiving the Unforgivable

Physicists tell us that there is only one unified energy field in which all opposites are contained. They say that this energy field is constantly expanding and is vibrating at different rates and so some is visible, and most is not. Physics today is also beginning to tell us what metaphysicians like Buddha, Jesus and individuals like Unity’s co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore have told us and have tried to help us understand, and that is:
This energy field that some call God isn’t a cold, callous, mathematical thing to be feared. It has the essence of what we called personality and that is responsiveness and intelligence.” Right now, it is intelligently organizing itself in an orderly way and responsive to you through the power of your thought. The Law of Creation or Mind Action is: Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.”  In other words, in every moment we are either thinking with God, and with the intelligent, orderly natural flow of life, in the awareness that there is only one mind, one presence and one power. Or we’re thinking against God, the flow of life and in the way of chaos by thinking there is a power other than God and I am not referring to the concept of the devil here.  I’m talking about ego or devil as our sense of self-awareness.

Jesus said,
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father” (Mt. 5:44-45). From the Cross he said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Lk. 23:34). Forgiveness was as hard for the followers of Jesus to understand and practice during the Roman occupation and persecution as it is for us today. Not knowing exactly how to forgive, we do many other things in the name of forgiveness, such as: Ignoring our pain, saying it’s ok and hoping it never happens again. Shaming another into feeling guilty about what they’ve done to us. Complaining about the injustice that’s being done to us. Knowing it’s wrong to blame another, we blame ourselves, seek revenge or misuse our willpower saying: “I’m going to forgive this if it kills me!”

Jesus said,
“Agree with your adversary quickly.”  In Aramaic, the word adversary doesn’t refer to a person but to your adverse thought about a person. To agree with means to deal creatively with the situation – to bless it and let it go.” Forgiveness begins with an honest examination of the quality of the thoughts you’re holding about yourself and a situation.  Because we are self-aware and can observe the results of our thoughts, we often consciously or unconsciously position ourselves as antagonists to God and life. We do this whenever we ‘think’ only from the human level of mind and not from our Christ level of mind. We think against God whenever we hold thoughts in mind based on one or more of five error beliefs.

1.  I am separated from God.

2.  Physical power and might make right.

3.  I can think as I please. I can get mad, hold a grudge or resentment if I please.

4.  I can do anything I please; it’s my life.

5. All Suffering is simply a part of life.

All five of these thoughts have as their root the error belief of separation. In other words, the idea that we can be separate from the wholeness that metaphysics and now science affirms that we are all a part of.  These five error beliefs produce limited results including war. They are the cause of all conditional love. In other words, I only love those who worship like me, look like me, talk like me, etc. All these attitudes of mind indicate that we aren’t thinking with God and that we have a mental block. In fact, we are the mental block, and the result of this mental block is that the fullness of God as abundance, love and peace can’t get through us and to us as ‘our experience.’

According to Jesus and Buddha adverse or upsetting thoughts about ourselves or others are signals that indicate a
‘change in mind’ is needed, and they called that change of mind forgiveness’. Unity teaches that any call for forgiveness is a call for spiritual growth. Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore said, “Forgiveness is the process of giving up the false for the truth and that process begins with self-admission.” Here is a story about Buddha that illustrates this point. At one time there was great dissension in the community of Buddha’s monks and nuns. A certain monk had violated an important rule of discipline. This rule was obligatory for all who lived in the community. Because the monk refused to admit the offense, he had been expelled and the community was deeply fragmented and divided over it. Some felt he had deserved expulsion while others felt the treatment was too harsh and much heated argument arose. Laypeople became involved in the squabble. The Buddha sought to prevent this rift in his community, but no one wanted to heed his advice. After reflecting upon the situation, the next morning the Buddha departed, alone, for the woods. He took up his abode at the foot of a lovely tree. It was blessedly peaceful, away from the fighting and consternation. Three months later, the repentant monks came to the Buddha, apologetic for their careless behavior. The Buddha offered his forgiveness saying: “Monks, there are two kinds of people who store up great demerit for themselves in this world. The first kind are those who do not ask for forgiveness after doing wrong. The second kind are those who do not forgive after wrongdoing is confessed and forgiveness is asked for. True forgiveness is not a condoning of events that should never have happened. Forgiveness is strength, a power and maturity of heart, which brings profound healing to the one who forgives.”

Parable of the Unmerciful Servant found in Matthew 18:21-35, springs from a question asked by Peter the disciple who represents (Petros) or rocklike faith.  Peter came to Jesus and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?  As many as seven times? Jesus answered saying, “I do not say to you seven times, but 70 times seven.”  In the time of Jesus, the rabbinical law was “If a man transgresses once, forgive him; if a second time, forgive him; if a third time forgive him; if a fourth time, do not forgive him, but grab him by the throat and take him to the magistrate.” Peter simply took the rabbinic limit of forgiveness, multiplied it by two and added one. In essence he said, Am I not very noble to be willing to forgive more than twice the limit of the law?”

Jesus’ response was to teach by using this parable that a human concept of forgiveness is never big enough.
“Therefore, the Kingdom Of Heaven may be compared to a King who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents; and as he could not pay, his Lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had and payment to be made. So, the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, “Lord, have patience with me and I will pay you everything.”  And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.”

The kingdom of Heaven is the spiritual world of formless energy.  It is within us as our mind or consciousness with its function of thought and feeling. There is only one presence and one power, but that presence and power has the unique attribute that it can be invisible and formless, and it can also be visible and has unlimited potential to take unlimited forms.

The king represents God’s divine wisdom or intelligence.

The Lord is the Law of Mind Action working in and through you. (Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.)

The servant is your ability take responsibility for the quality of your consciousness; to discriminate and choose the thoughts and feelings you are holding in mind.

5. The debt of 10,000 talents at that time was equal to about two million of our dollars. This represents a debt impossible to repay. It metaphysically represents the vast energy that has been bequeathed us by God or individualized in us as life itself. The gift of life freely given to us is a debt impossible for us to repay.

6. The king forgives the debt.  This forgiveness of the debt means that it doesn’t matter how many times your thoughts and behavior have been in error in the past, Divine Law (God) is neutral and doesn’t hold it against you. As soon as ‘you’, as the servant, take responsibility for the quality of your consciousness (your thoughts and feelings) and thus kneel and humble yourself by becoming obedient by returning to constructive thinking and a spiritual view of things by rising to the Christ Mind within you and being centered in God rather than centered in Ego and just human thoughts, feelings and the physical world, then the Lord; the Law Of Mind Action will forgive the debt, forgive your ‘trespasses’ (the mis-takes that result from creating based on the five error thoughts) which will remove lack from your life and abundance will follow. “But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him 100 denarii’s; and seizing him by the throat he said, “Pay what you owe.” So, his fellow servant fell down and besought him, “Have patience with me and I will pay you.”  But He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.”

7.  100 DENARII’S is Equal to about $5.00 –This is saying that the debt owed to him was tiny compared to what he owed the King. Yet when he was asked for forgiveness of the debt he said no and threw the servant in prison.

8.  The second servant metaphysically represents the first thing you see after you come out of true prayer and your first thoughts, feelings, and actions that you initiate as a result.  In true prayer we experience our oneness with God and freely receive all that God is as God energy flows freely into us.

9.  The servant refused to forgive and put someone in prison.  This metaphysically means that he didn’t fulfill the Law of Mind Action by carrying his prayer experience (his awareness of his oneness with God) through his thoughts, feelings, and actions into his life.  True forgiveness is not ‘setting things right, it’s seeing things right.’  True forgiveness is seeing that ‘it’s all God’ and that everything is working together for a greater expression of God through us into the physical world. It is knowing God means it for good and only good for all concerned.

To ‘resent’ someone is to either ‘secretly wish them harm’ or to ‘believe them worthy of harm’. Physics reveals that there is only one unified field of pure potentiality (energy). Religion or Spirituality puts it this way: “There is only one presence and power, God the good omnipotent.” This means that ‘no one person is ever the cause of harm or limitation in your life.’  If you have been hurt or cheated and another individual was the ‘instrument’ of your spiritual growth, then the other was also the ‘instrument’ of your own consciousness.  Real forgiveness is based on a clear knowledge of the Law Of Mind Action. We grow spiritually by learning how to forgive. By learning to reconcile the polarities or opposites in our lives. As Jesus became the Christ ideal in expression, he lived and made choices exclusively from the Christ level of Mind. He looked at life seeing only God and good by seeing the Unity and beauty of all life. He said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” We see this progression in consciousness in the Gospels as the name he is called evolves from Jesus of Nazareth to Jesus Christ, to Christ Jesus, to Christ. (We are all on this same evolutionary journey from instinctual consciousness to Christ Consciousness) As Jesus completed his evolutionary journey, its opposite naturally manifested from the sub consciousness of humanity as persecution and crucifixion. However, his resurrection and ascension in consciousness was also present and represented in the darkness of the tomb.   In other words, all possibilities exist simultaneously. It is often called ‘duality’, but it is actually ‘polarity.’ You may have experienced this in your life as what the Bible refers to as ‘inevitable opposition.’ This is what causes us to continue to evolve and grow.

Reconciling appearances, Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  A person who resents and hurts and tries to exact vengeance on others doesn’t know what damage he or she is doing to their own consciousness and thus life according to the Law of Mind Action. When you choose forgiveness, you change this line of thought in yourself and reaffirm your divine right to all things good and reassert your consciousness to claim them.  You put the ‘other person’ out of your mind and waste no more energy in thinking of him as the cause of trouble in your life. You have the power to choose ‘forgiveness’ and how you see and experience life. Forgiveness isn’t something you do for or give to another person as a favor or gift of release.  It is a gift of release you give to yourself. By seeing things ‘right,’ you rise above victim consciousness. Affirm: “I am not a victim of the world I see.”  This is the parallel and higher spiritual meaning of Jesus’ of practice forgiveness 70 times 7. “When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their Lord all that had taken place. Then his Lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!  I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?  And in anger his Lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.  So, also my Heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

10. This is just another restatement of spiritual law: “Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.” Life comes to us abundantly and we have an obligation to pay it out as purely and abundantly as we received it. You can afford to forgive others when you place your confidence in God and Divine Law and not in matter. You are consciousness, not just some body.  You are created in the image and likeness of God. You are simultaneously Spirit and Matter. There is only one presence and one power, but that presence and power exists simultaneously in three realms of being just like ice, water and steam are three forms of the same substance H20. No one can hurt the ‘real you.”  The body is loaned or temporal and so is all the stuff – so no one can ‘steal’ from you. Through ignorance of Divine Law, they are stealing from themselves and in prison, suffering needlessly by denying the action of the one spiritual power that is God or life energy. They are limiting themselves to ‘small realizations and experiences.

Forgiveness was the religion of Jesus. In fact, the word religion’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘a path’ going back to God or the Source of Love in everything and about everything; that is everything. God leaves the path open no matter how many times we may wander away from it. God waits in the silence for our understanding to clear. If our understanding gets hung up on one of the five error thoughts, like on the idea that other people have harmed, cheated, betrayed or in any way obstructed our health or happiness and we allow this ‘thought’ to engender ‘bitter feelings’ in ourselves against these ‘other people’, then like the unmerciful servant, we have stepped off the spiritual path of God.  We are the ones who have turned our back on God (are not seeing God everywhere present and powerful) and we are the ones who are in torment in the prison of limitation until we get a new viewpoint about our neighbor. (Love your neighbor as yourself is to see that Spirit makes matter and that Spirit and matter are two sides of the same coin.)

In her book,
“Ye Are Gods”, Imelda Shanklin, says, ‘Father, forgive me for expecting in the human that which found only in the divine.’ Forgive me for expecting in the human mind of the person (on the Ego level or personality level of being) something that which can be only found in the Christ Mind within the individual.  To do this, is to place us both out of the circle of God. The practice of forgiveness doesn’t come easily, any more than the practice of piano, or anything new we’re trying to learn. If we don’t practice in the small things of life, when it comes to the big things, we will find it impossible to go within, cancel error beliefs and shift our consciousness to an awareness of the Christ.

Imagine, just walking on stage at Carnegie Hall, sitting at a piano to play a concert for thousands when you’ve never taken a lesson.  We all have to deal with our own thoughts about what we see
“out there” in the world, including as acts of terrorism by individuals and groups and wholesale aggression by warring nations.  “Vengeance is mind, thus says the Lord (Rom. 12:19) Under the law of consciousness, a person or group may seem to get away with something, but no one can get away from the law of consciousness. There’s always a price to pay, though we may not see how or when. When his disciples complained of injustice, Jesus said, “Don’t look to the speck in your brother’s eye, but to the log in your own.” When they pointed out unforgivable situations, he said, “What’s that to you; pick up your cross and follow me.”  Our task is to be like Jesus, to be ‘in this world’ but not of it.  If Jesus had held any unforgiveness in mind, he would have been earthbound and there would have been no resurrection.

Author and Unity Minister Eric Butterworth’s said this about forgiveness in his book “The Concentric Perspective.”
When humankind as a whole decides that it is fed up with walls of separation and the wars that result, the walls will come down.  Men and women will begin to emphasize likenesses instead of differences. People will build bridges instead of complaining about the gaps in understanding and credibility and turn on lights instead of cursing the darkness.”

A man arrived in heaven and was shown to God's office for judgment.  One entire wall of the office was a picture window and he looked out and down on Earth with its beautiful waters, green forests, and white clouds. There were a pair of glasses on the table, and he thinks,
"Humm, these must be God's glasses."  No one's around, so he puts on them on and looks out the window at earth again. Now he sees hunger, poverty, sickness and so much inhumanity he can't bear the pain of it. Then a voice behind him says, "Take off my glasses."  He does so quickly and expects punishment.  But the voice gently asks, "What did you see?"  The man says, "I saw hate, corruption and evil."  God asks, "Did you feel any love or compassion?"  "None," said the man, "I would destroy the whole planet without hesitation or regret."  God said, "That is why you can't use my glasses.  You may not see what I see unless you feel what I feel."

Forgiveness is non-judgmental love.  Most people love judgmentally.
"I'll love you if you agree with me politically. I'll love you if you start living the way I want to live. If you don't meet my expectations, I will not love you."  In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, "For if you love those who love you what reward do you have?" (Mt. 5:46) Even scoundrels and crooks love their fellow crooks. Genuine love is shown when God allows the sun to rise on the just and unjust and so must we.  God's rain must fall on the good as well as the evil and it benefits us."  Charles Fillmore put it this way, "We are not guards or policemen. Do not judge others as regards their guilt or innocence. Consider yourself and how you stand in the sight of God for having thoughts about another person's guilt." This concept is filled with mercy.

Remember, forgiveness doesn't mean to give in, it means to let go.  A rabbi who lost his wife, child and parents in the holocaust told Silent Unity he forgave because he chose not to bring Hitler with him to America.

Unity minister Marilyn Manning tells a powerful story. She said,
"Several years ago I attended a communications course. The instructor asked us to list anything in our past that we felt ashamed, guilty, or incomplete about or regretted. The next week he invited participants to read their lists aloud and as people read their lists, mine grew longer.  After three weeks, I had 101 items on my list. The instructor then suggested we find ways to make amens, apologize to people or take some action to right any wrongdoing and free ourselves from our own prisons." I doubted this could improve my communications and had visions of alienating just about everyone in my life.  That changed the next week when a man volunteered his story saying, "While making my list, I remembered an incident from high school.  I grew up in a small town in Iowa, and none of us kids liked the sheriff. One night, after drinking a few beers, two buddies and I climbed the town water tower, and wrote on the tank in bright red paint, "Sheriff Brown is an idiot."  The town woke up to our glorious sign and within two hours, Sheriff Brown had the three of us in his office.  My friends confessed, but I lied, denying the truth and no one ever found out.  Now 20 years later, Sheriff Brown's name appears first on my list. Last weekend, not knowing if he was still alive, I dialed information and called.  I asked, "Is this Sheriff Brown."  After a pause on the other end of the line, he said, "Yup." I said, "I want you to know - I did it.'  After another pause, he said "I knew it."  We had a good laugh and a lively discussion.  His closing words were, "Jimmy, I always felt badly for you because your buddies got it off their chests and I knew you were carrying it around all these years. I want to thank you for calling me for your sake. Jimmy, said Rev. Manning, inspired me to clear up all 101 items on my list.  It took me almost two years, but it became the springboard for a new life and a true inspiration.  I have never felt so free or light before."

Jesus said,
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” He knew that in human consciousness and on the human level of being there are many things are impossible to forgive and so he said, “Turn the other cheek,” meaning: “Turn to the other side of your nature, turn from the human to the divine.”  It is not “I” but the Christ Within me who forgives because it is only from that level of being that we ‘see things rightly.’ That is the only way to forgive the unforgivable.

I want to close lesson with a poem called
“Promise Me” by Thich Nhat Hanh

Promise me this day while the sun is just overhead even as they strike you down with a mountain of hate and violence, remember brother, man is not our enemy. Just your pity, just your hate, invincible, limitless, hatred will never let you face the beast in man.  And one day, when you face this beast alone, your courage intact, your eyes kind, out of your smile will bloom a flower and those who love you will behold you across 10,000 worlds of birth and dying.  Alone again I’ll go on with bent head but knowing the immortality of love. And on the long, rough road both sun and moon will shine, lighting my way.


"And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."  Matthew 6:12

Jesus said, "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you
will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven."

I take these precious words into my heart, and I am determined to live by them.

AFFIRM: “God is with me. God shows me the way to forgive!”

I know that God can and will do God's perfect work of forgiveness through me, as I truly seek to be forgiving.  I release any feeling of un-forgiveness towards anyone who has disappointed me, this week.  I go beyond this, by releasing any feeling of un-forgiveness toward anyone who has ever disappointed or injured me in any way.  I release even the remembrance of little hurts and slights.  I choose not to take this cluttered weighted down baggage with me into my weekend. I give myself a break!  I give myself an opportunity for true rest and relaxation.  I decide to go on a vacation in my mind from resentment, anger, and inner hostility.  No one bothers me, because, inside of myself, I do not give anyone else the chance.  I am God empowered to NOT replay events, over and over again.  I make the conscious decision to release and let go, and to let God take over.  I will not worry, fret, or have a concern over another's actions.  No one, no situation - has power over me accept myself - and God's love. God's love now takes over in every part of my mind, for myself and for all others.  I know that God can and will do God's perfect work of forgiveness through me, as I truly seek to be forgiving, this Friday.  I release freely any feeling of un-forgiveness toward anyone. I choose to not hurt any longer! Amen.


Dear God, I am ready and willing to forgive. Work through me, right now, to accomplish full forgiveness of all. I withhold nothing or no one from Your all-forgiving love. What has gone on before does not matter. I lose it and let it go. The only thing that matters is what is going on now, in my mind and in my life.  I choose to follow God and to walk and act in the ways of love. This new way may be higher than my average human reaction; this new way may be higher than what the human self of me believes that the other person deserves but it is the best way, the blest way. It is the loving way of God. I am healed, today, of all past hurts by the perfect love of God coming through me without restriction or resistance.  I feel at peace with myself and with all others.  I give thanks for Your forgiving love at work in me. I freely and fully forgive, and I am freely and fully forgiven. In Jesus Christ's name... Amen


Choosing forgiveness is positive action and choosing to feel resentful is negative.  I take the first step and become the first to forgive. I stop letting others control my emotional environment. I choose to make my emotional environment the highest and most beautiful form of love. Gandhi said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”  When he was assassinated, he instinctively threw up his hand in the Hindu gesture of forgiveness. He was spiritually strong. I choose to be spiritually strong and make a contract with God to always choose forgiveness.



Name__________________             Date________

Pull up the names and faces of individuals in your mind. Write their names below and affirm: “I choose forgiveness.”

In the nature of Jesus Christ, I fully forgive you now. I enfold you in God's love and I desire the best for you. I free you and you free me from all negative feelings. All is cleared up between us now and forever. I am forgiven and I accept forgiveness for all my mistakes of the past. I forgive myself. I forgive everyone who needs my forgiveness and everyone who forgives me. I thank you God. In the nature of the Christ, which is love, I choose forgiveness and I am at peace. Amen.


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