There is power in forgiveness. If for example when you are out evangelizing, ask the person if they are angry or bitter with anyone.
It can be within the family, in school or work place, in past relations. Ask if he or she can forgive. If the person says “yes I can forgive”, then have the person speak it out, by repeating your prayer to Jesus, for example; “- Jesus I forgive the person who have hurt me. Jesus please also forgive me for my wrongdoings.”
What’s in our hearts should come out in a confession, either it’s a confession of sin, wrongdoing, binding or losing e t c, anything you like to declare or proclaim.
Sometimes the person have difficulties in forgetting the past, then remind him that it’s better to let go, and instead to be set free. Remember it’s a difference between forgetting and forgiving.
Some people may say they have forgiven, but as soon as they speak it out, they have difficulties and may suddenly cry. So we are not telling them to forget, but to forgive, so they can let go (and move on and thereby not think of it that much so their hurt and their feelings and emotions can get healed).
Sometimes it can be difficult to forgive someone and speak it out. I usually suggest then, what if we ask Jesus Himself to help us? Like this; “- Jesus help me forgive this person, because I can’t do it on my own.”
You see, when someone sins, he is in debt (and the debt of sin is death). So when we forgive a person who have done anything wrong to us, and hurt us, we set them free from their debts!
Many times I hear the question “Why should I forgive?
My straight question is; “Because there is Power in Forgiveness!”
“Let’s pray together and find out!”
The second commandment Jesus gave us was to love one another. And by forgiving a person, even if what they have done was wrong, we show an act of love – instead of hate. Forgiving and let go is an act of love.
I have witnessed so many times how weight have been lifted from people’s shoulder, testimonies how “That felt good!”. Several “Thank you” after a prayer of forgiveness.
Here are some Bible verses that highlights forgiveness and confession:
1 John 1.9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
James 5.16: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for another, that you may get healed.”
Romans 10.9: “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.
Matt 10.32: “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.”
Matt 6.14: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Matt 18.35: “So my heavenly father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Luke 23.34: “Then Jesus said, Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are do.”
John 20.23: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Finally these two Bible verses comes to mind, when we are out there helping people. Our own sins will be covered:
James 5.20: “let him know that he (the evangelist) who turns a sinner from error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4.8: “And above all things have fervent love for another – for love will cover a multitude of sins.”