Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Heavenly Father, this is such a wise saying, one that I would do well to remember. I can see in my own heart and life how enmity and animosity in me – even when I try to hide it – drives a wedge between me and other people. It affects the way I think about them. It affects the way I talk about them. It affects the way I treat them. Disharmony toward others really affects me more than it affects them. Father, forgive me for my unforgiveness. You have forgiven me for so much. There should be a wedge between me and you, but there isn’t! Your love draws me close and covers over all my sins against you. You hold no more animosity toward me. You keep no grudges against me and no bitterness rises up in your heart toward me. You have done this for me. You reconciled me to yourself and have covered all my offense. Teach me, Lord, by your forgiveness to forgive and forget. Help me to let the offenses of others against me go. Erase it from my mind completely so that I think about these people in a new way. Erase it from my heart completely so that I talk to and about these people in a new way. Work on me Lord so that in love I will overlook, cover up, and forget all their offenses against me. Make me like you. Amen.