Dear Lord,

I realize that sometimes I am stubborn and prideful.  I am sorry that I become so hard in my mind and my heart, keeping me from the joy You desire me to experience.  Please help me to be more soft towards You and others.  However, there are times that I find it hard to forgive others, especially my wife, because of the hurt I feel.  I want to forgive but I do not know how to let go of the hurt and pain that weighs heavy on my heart.  Please help me to forgive even when I do not feel like, or when it seems hard. I know forgiveness is important to give for my sake and theirs, so please help me in this area.

In Jesus’ name, AMEN!