For My Enemies

Lord, You know the misunderstanding
Between me and certain people.
Harsh words and thoughtless actions
Have been exchanged.
I do not pray for You to change them
I know I must begin with myself
And correct my own shortcomings.
Remove from my memory
All acids of bitterness and vengeance
Enable me now to let all pretensions go
Grant me a quiet mind
Objectivity, and a sense of humor.
Give me the grace of the open heart
The outstretched hand, the warm embrace.
Let me be the first to let go of the hurt
Let it begin with me now.
Amen.

Bible Inspiration: Matthew 5:44
My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors.

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