Make us so fully and constantly aware of your forgiveness of us, O Lord, that we can’t help but have forgiveness flow from us to those who sin against us.
Protect us from a self-congratulatory spirit that is impressed with the forgiveness that we are willing and able to offer; remind us that to grow into your kind of forgiveness, to grow in having your kind of forgiveness flow through us to others, is a lifelong process and so we always have the need to make progress.
May the grace that we receive reveal itself in the grace that we offer.
“Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.’” (Matthew 18:21-22)