A Prayer: Free to Be

“But He replied to the man who told him, 'Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.'
Matt. 12:48-50

Father, forgive me.
I didn’t treat my Family with compassion today. 
We were about to drive an hour to visit and deliver a meal I had prepared when she called and said she was so tired, and couldn't handle a visit from my whole family. I could only become increasingly irritated as I thought how unrealistic she was to have expected us to find a babysitter, though my whole point in visiting was to encourage her and bless her.
Forgive me for my lack of compassion.

Father, forgive me. 
I didn’t treat my Family with kindness today.
She seemed discouraged and would have liked to talk a few minutes, but someone I wanted to laugh and smile with was about to leave, so I invented a reason to say no and hurried away.
Forgive me for my lack of kindness.  

Father, forgive me.
I didn’t treat my Family with humility today.
After listening to our pastor preach on parenting, I commented to my husband in the car that I was so glad we didn't do this and this with our kids, like they did. Their failures were such an irritation to me, and my slandering words said well what I thought in that moment: thank goodness I have it all together.
Forgive me for my lack of humility. 

Father, forgive me.
I didn’t treat my Family with gentleness today.
A laugh from him that seemed inappropriate to me, and in no time I judged harshly his whole depth of character.
Forgive me for my lack of gentleness.

Father, forgive me.
I didn’t treat my Family with patience today.
I watched her grab the toy from my little girl, and ballooned with disgust instead of care and understanding.
Forgive me for my lack of patience.

Father, forgive me.
I didn’t treat my Family with mercy today.
She manipulated and hurt me, and I'd rather keep my distance and a tally than forgive and forget.
Forgive me for my lack of mercy. 

Father, forgive me.
I didn't show my Family peace today.
They have a house and backyard and money in savings, and they just got a minivan for their three-person family. I feel bitter and forget to be thankful for how you choose to abundantly bless each one of us.
Forgive me for my lack of peace-giving. 

Father, forgive me.
I didn’t show my Family wisdom from your Word today. Instead of thinking on your truth, I meditated on my own selfish thoughts and thought up scenarios in which I could set him straight.
Forgive me for my lack of faithfulness. 

Father, forgive me.
I treated my Family with favoritism today.
I preferred to practice love toward those I like. I preferred to practice love toward those who like me, and make my life more enjoyable. I did not love well all those whom you call my brothers and sisters, and whom you have chosen and love.
Forgive me for my partiality. 

Father, I think and do these sinful things so easily! I forget who I am, and who you have called me to be. 

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Col. 3:12-17

And yet with Your words before me, I have to laugh with wonder: my heart is suddenly light! And I remember that I am free. 

Father, I praise You.
I praise You that I can treat my Family with compassion and kindness today.
Because You freed me to do so.

Father, I praise You.
I praise You that I can treat my Family with humility and gentleness today.
Because You freed me to do so. 

Father, I praise You.
I praise You that I can treat my Family with patience and mercy today. 
Because You freed me to do so. 

Father, I praise You.
I praise You that I can treat my Family with peace and love today. 
Because You freed me to do so. 

Father, I praise You.
I praise You that I can bless my Family with your Truth today. 
Because You freed me to do so.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Rom. 7:21-24

Father, I thank You.
I thank You that You have freed us from our sin and made us to be Family.

Father, I thank You.
I thank You that in You, we can be Family united by love. 

And Father, I thank You.
I thank You that in all this freedom, our reward is so much greater than joyfully living amongst each other. In all this freedom to love one another, we love and serve You, and together multiply our joy and anticipation of eternal life with You.

...knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Col. 3:24

“But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom. 6:21-23

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