Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. -Ephesians 4:31-32
Lord, it is easy for me to look at the world and say it is angry; it is easy for me to point the finger at others as being the problem. But, Lord, I am the problem. Forgive me of my anger, my bitterness, and my frustrations that can turn to slander. Lord, I ask that You would help me to dwell in peace with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ—that I would be quick to forgive and that the words of my mouth would bring forth life and not destruction.
Additional Prayer Questions & Points to Pray Through
- Do I daily strive to create peace even in situations where I disagree?
God of peace, You are comfort in times of strife. Forgive me for the times I have used my tongue as a weapon of division and not of acceptance.
- Am I more inclined to be tenderhearted or hardhearted?
Lord, when my heart is stubborn, make me pliable. I am to forgive others as You have forgiven me, too many times I have withheld that which brings life.
- Do I need to forgive someone?
Take time to think of anyone you need to forgive. If there is any anger, malice, bitterness, frustration, or slander toward a person, take it to the Lord in prayer, asking Him for forgiveness and forgiving those who have wronged you.