Look Back & Exercise Yourself Unto Forgiveness, Plus Prayers to Forgive and Release Your Hurts

Memory Verse:

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. – 1 Timothy 4: 7-8


In the above scripture, the Apostle Paul counsels us to exercise ourselves unto Godliness. He says we should endeavor to avoid unnecessary chit-chats (The King James Bible calls it old wives fables and myths). But instead to exercise ourselves unto Godliness.

Exercise is profitable. Everyone knows that. But not everyone exercises themselves. Why? Because it takes some effort to really exercise. It takes commitment; it takes time.

Physical exercise of the body has great profits, especially as it relates to our health. However, exercising ourselves to Godliness has greater profits.

Apostle Paul is using the analogy of physical exercise here because it takes an effort to exercise. It’s got to take your time, and you’ve got to give up some things to hit the gym and exercise yourself.

He wants us to know that we’ve got to let some things go to be able to exercise ourselves unto Godliness. It will take some effort, but the rewards are immeasurable.

Exercise Thyself Unto Forgiveness

As the year is gradually winding up, if there is one area we need to look back, look forward, and constantly exercise ourselves, it is the area of forgiveness. From time to time, we need to come before God and willfully exercise ourselves unto forgiveness.

Many times it won’t be easy to carry out this exercise especially considering the magnitude of offenses that took place. It’s not easy to give love where you were given hate.

But realizing the weight of unforgiveness, we need to sit down, pray and say, “LORD, help me to do this. Help me to forgive.”

Jesus said:

“Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].” Mark 11: 23-15 (AMP)

Earlier on, Jesus was talking about praying and moving mountains. Then He concluded by saying, “Hey, you’ll need to forgive, else, you won’t move any mountains.”

That’s because the biggest mountains are the ones we create within ourselves. If the mountains within are not leveled, the ones without does not move.

Unforgiveness prevents us from moving our mountains because it builds a bigger mountain within us.

As someone said, “Unforgiveness is choosing to stay trapped in a jail cell of bitterness, serving time for someone else’s crime.”

“Unforgiveness can rob you of your healing, answers to prayers, and peace of mind. It can hinder your prayer (while you’re busy binding the devil, you won’t know that unforgiveness is the major problem). It can block your access to God’s presence.”

Forgiveness is the willingness to forgive yourself and others for any pain they might have caused you.

Yes, you have to start by forgiving yourself first. Stop blaming yourself for the many mistakes you’ve made in the past. If you’ve confessed and repented of your past errors, God has indeed forgiven you. It’s time to move on in faith.

You also have to take it a step further. Stop blaming others for the many wrong things they’ve done against you. Stop feeling angry and bitter.

Yes, it’s not easy to forgive, especially when you consider the scale of the issue in question. In some cases, forgiveness is like swimming against the storm. Everything in you wants to hold on to your grudge and continue planning retaliation. However, if God can forgive us of our deepest and darkest sins, we need to forgive others as well.

“Here’s the thing: We do not forgive because the persons involved have repented and apologized. We forgive because that’s the only way to set ourselves free from their cage and connect to our blessings.”

The Bible says:

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” – Ephesians 4:32.

Pray for grace to exercise yourself in forgiveness today and always. And let the love of God rule your heart.

Prayer to Exercise Yourself in Forgiveness

Heavenly Father,

I honor You and I bless You.  With all my soul and all that is within me, I bless Your holy Name.  It is You, Father, who crowns me with love and tender mercies and You fill my life with good things.

I give thanks to You and proclaim your greatness.

Lord, I will let the whole world know what You have done.  I will sing to You the praises due Your Name and tell everyone about Your wonderful deeds.

Thank You, Father, for loving me, forgiving me and saving me.  Thank You for being patient with me. Your compassion towards me is unfailing and Your mercies are new every morning.  Lord, Your faithfulness is great towards me.

O LORD, please forgive me for not being forgiving. Forgive me for thinking evil thoughts, and seeking revenge against people who have offended me.  Forgive me for hatred and for not walking in love.  Forgive me for gossiping, lying and for rehearsing in my minds what was said or done to me.  Lord, remind me of those persons I need to forgive, and help me to forgive.

Father, Your Word tells me that if I forgive those who have sinned against me, then You, my Heavenly Father, will forgive me.  But, if I refuse to forgive others, You will not forgive me of my sins.

Today I choose to forgive. Father, I declare that I will be patient with people and forgive those who have offended me.   I forgive ………………… for …………………………………., and I release them and let it go.

Holy Spirit, help all of me to forgive people who have hurt me.  Heal my emotions that have been wounded and teach me how to love unconditionally.  Continue to extend Your love and mercy toward me.  Please remind me daily to use Your power living on the inside of me which helps me in all things.  Help me to forget the past so that I can move forward to the future as I press toward the mark of my higher calling in Christ Jesus.

Holy Spirit, please empower me all through this year and beyond to walk in love, always forgiving and looking up to You in all things, in Jesus name.

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Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

  1. Forgiveness! Priceless

  2. Thank you Pastor Daniel.Another blessing received.

  3. Thanks for sharing this with me, pastor you are such a blessing to me and my church family continue sharing what God gives you. Amen.

  4. Thank you Pastor for sharing this with me. I really needed that and I thank the almighty God for giving you to us to guide us and show us. You are an inspiration me. May the lord continuing to bless you. Amen.

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