Quote from the booklet, "Three Most Powerful Words."
The steps to walking out forgiveness:
1. Recognize your need to forgive.
2. Submit to God—to His Word and what it teaches; to His Spirit as it pleads with you.
3. Make the right decision.
4. Declare out loud and, if necessary, find a witness—somebody who will actually hear you make that statement.
5. Stand strong in what you have done. Do not go back to resentment.
6. Pray and bless to replace the negative with the positive. Think well of that person. Pray for them. Ask God to bless them. Every time you do something positive, you make less room for the negative.
I want to finish by giving you a model prayer that you can pray when you need to forgive somebody else. Read it carefully. Make it your prayer. Use it whenever you need to forgive:
Lord, I acknowledge my need of Your forgiveness. I believe You are willing to forgive me for Christ’s sake. But I also acknowledge that I need to forgive others. And so, by a decision of my will, I forgive [specifically name the person or people you need to forgive]. I now forgive him/her as I would have You forgive me. Trusting in Your grace and faithfulness, I now affirm that I have forgiven and You have forgiven me. Thank You, Lord. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
While these six steps themselves may be simple, putting them into practice may not be easy. As you learn to walk them out, I believe you will experience increasing freedom and blessing from the Lord.