for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

  ~ 2 Tim 1:7
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.  Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.  
 ~ Henry Ward Beecher
Why is it that I cannot remember the good that I do, but I have no trouble remembering my own transgressions?  After reading Henry Ward Beecher, I think that I have a laundry list that belongs in the Sea of Forgetfulness.  I think that perhaps the person I need to forgive is closer than I know.  
The courage to forgive requires prayer.  A dear church family member once advised me to pray to the Lord to prepare me to forgive.  I had never really considered a prayer of preparation for forgiveness.  But at the time, I was so relieved to know that it was okay to feel the way I was feeling.  I began to pray a prayer of preparation.  It took time, like losing weight or waiting for a flower to grow, but at some point I was ready.  I forgave the person in my heart, and learned that prayer of preparation and that it had to be applied often and liberally.
Listen to this song.  (I have also included the story behind the song…amazing.)  If you need to forgive anyone and are not ready, I pray this will help prepare you.  Especially if the person you need to forgive is you.
Because of Him,
The Story Behind the Song – please forgive the ad.

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