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Forgiveness for my enemies

Lord, Help me to give grace, to be patient, to be forgiving, to be full of mercy and understanding. I do not want to be entitled, vengeful, bitter,  or defeated. I want to be like you. But that's incredibly difficult. Impossible. Please help me love even those who hurt me. In Jesus' name, Amen. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’   But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,   that you may be children  of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.   If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that?   And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?   Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.   ( Matthew 5:43-48 )

Confession from a control-freak

Lord of Lords, I want you to be present in my life. I even want you to be in control-- so why do I chafe against life's constraints, against unwanted circumstances? Why do I grumble about the time it takes for you to work in my life? Why do I say I want your will, even while I plan and control my own destiny? I worry about what will happen and what hasn't happened. Although  I don't blame you audibly, I find myself annoyed with my life and avoiding my quiet time with you. Because I've distanced myself from you. My life is a testament to how and if and when I let you work. My attitude reveals my heart. I respect the beauty of your power, but not the impact of it. It's like controlling the ocean, the surf, and the shoreline and thinking that would make the ocean better. In essence, that would ruin the majesty of creation. Lord, help me be willing to give you my whole heart. Convict me when I don't. Please forgive me. I want you to have all