: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
: excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy
Jeremiah 33:7-8 (NKJV)
“And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.”
PRAY: I thank you today, God, for the gift of your pardon. I repent of all the ways I have sinned against you and pray that you would cleanse my heart of all iniquity. As I consider this year’s election, Lord, I pray that you would pardon your people in America. Cleanse our hearts of iniquity, and rebuild us as a unified Body known by our love in this nation today.
: the act of forgiving someone or something
: the attitude of someone who is willing to forgive other people
Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
PRAY: Lord Jesus, I thank you today for the forgiveness you have extended to me, a sinner redeemed by your love. I ask for your forgiveness over our nation; may your restoring love run swiftly through our people and our land. I pray that the hearts of the American people would be convicted of all unrighteousness and turned toward you for forgiveness as we pursue a more perfect union in this upcoming election. May your healing and redemption come quickly to America.
: a compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power
: a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion
: compassionate treatment of those in distress
Titus 3:4-7 (NKJV)
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
PRAY: Merciful Father, today I pray that you would make the leaders of this nation men and women of mercy. I pray that those who are elected or re-elected this November would be people who have tasted of your mercy—your grace, your salvation—and who will extend that mercy to those they lead. May power be given only to those who will use it in accordance with your righteous mercy.