”I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT

Dear Lord Jesus, it’s as simple and profound, daily and real as this: Because you have forgiven ALL of my sins, I should love you with ever-growing awe, perpetual thanks, and indefatigable delight. And a second response to my forgiveness is just as fitting: I should also become the most humble and gentle, compassionate and loving person in my family, workplace, and neighborhood. Lord may it be; may in increasingly be, as long as you give me breath.

Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, keep me constantly aware of how much you’ve forgiven me. Don’t let me minimize the wonder of my forgiveness by thinking my sins are less numerous or egregious than anybody else’s. Don’t let me ever get used to being forgiven by you.

And convict me very quickly when I indulge an irritable spirit or a judgmental attitude towards others. Help me respond mercifully and grace-fully to a wide range of scenarios and personalities: Unintentional oversights and very intentional slights; harsh words spoken and healing words left unspoken; being ignored by people I love, or being target practice for people I’ll never meet; in the brokenness of the world or by the brokenness in people.

Jesus, in my anger, keep me from sinning; in my pain, keep me from blaming; and in my disappointment, keep me from sulking. Only your love is better than life; only your love will never let go of us; only your love was, is and ever will be enough. So very Amen I pray, in your forgiving and tender name.