Lord, if I have wounded or made someone stumble, forgive me. If I have said words without thinking that have broken a heart, I can't bear it. My heart breaks for the person I have injured, and breaks because I have failed you. Lord, if I have turned away from someone's cry for help because I might suffer too, then I have failed you once more. If I have been cold and unfeeling to someone's need, break my heart so I might understand what I have done. If I have run from my responsibility to someone, and longed to be hidden from its requirement, then, again, I ask forgiveness. Lord, forgive me if I have wounded another person's heart.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “Have mercy on me, O God,” David cried, “according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2). If I confess, Lord, you are faithful to forgive, and cleanse my heart. Your love is unfailing, and I will know and experience forgiveness once again. My heart will be pliant in your hands. If I fail you in anyway, my heart will ache painfully with its failure. I will feel and know your pain as if it is my own.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God,” David cried, “and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Renew your spirit within me, Lord, and I will be set free from my failure. Keep me soft and pliable on your altar so your steadfast spirit is secured within me. Guide me, and keep me safe from my own ability to fail you. I place my life in your hands today, and trust you will do whatever is necessary to create a pure heart in me.
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