Forgiveness Litany Based on Matthew 18:21-35
Leader: "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? (Matthew 18:21a, NRSV)
People: If someone is caught in a sin, we who are spiritual should restore that one gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted! (Galatians 6:1, NIV, adapted)
Leader: But what is fair; how often should I forgive the same person?
People: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13, NIV)
Leader: "Should I forgive as many as seven times?" (Matthew 18:21b, NRSV, adapted)
People: Jesus said, "If the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive." (Luke 17:4, NRSV)
Leader: Jesus said to forgive "Not seven times, but, seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:22b, NRSV, adapted)
All: Love is not rude, Love is not self-seeking, Love is not easily angered, and Love keeps no record of wrongs. God give us the grace to love and to forgive one another.