Forgiveness Form Letters

It is not easy to ask forgiveness. Yet as followers of Jesus, God expects us to take care of personal business before we take care of the spiritual.   “Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift”  (Matthew 5:23-24).

Ideally, the best is to meet face-to-face.  The second best is a phone call.  Yet for many people, those meetings are overwhelming and too unpredictable to initiate.  So I’ve developed some simple form letters!  Rather than do nothing, one can use a form letter and adapt it to his/her own style.

LETTER #1  Dear ______,  It has been a long time. I am writing because I need to. You are important to me and I have already waited too long. I want to apologize for my past actions. I’m sorry for hurting you.  Please forgive me.  Sincerely, ______

LETTER #2  Dear ______,  You are probably surprised to hear from me.  It has been a long time. I am writing because I need to clear my conscience. In the past, when there were situations or conflicts that were hurtful, I would choose to avoid someone, rather than attempt to resolve the problem.  But the closer I walk with Jesus, He is showing me that closing doors will not heal relationships. It only temporarily helps avoid an uncomfortable situation.  God is good. He has forgiven me for all my shortcomings! Now out of gratitude to Him, I am apologizing to you for my past action.  I am sorry for hurting you.  Please forgive me.   Sincerely,  ______

LETTER #3  Dear ______,   I have been thinking about you. I have also been praying for you and hoping your life is going well.   The reason you’ve been on my mind is because I want to confess to you that I was so wrong in what I did.  I offer no defense and no excuses or rationalizations. I was wrong, and I have lived with the guilt and shame ever since. I am writing to ask your forgiveness. I can understand why you would not give it.  But I want you to know that I am so sorry for what I did.  Please forgive me.  I will continue to pray for you and hope for your best.  Sincerely,  _______

If your letters are returned unopened, you might send a postcard with a simple: “I am sorry. Please forgive me.”

There is great value is asking forgiveness. It could change your life. It could restore a relationship and bring deep healing to both parties. It could also remove any blockage that is preventing you from forgiving someone else.


About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Forgiveness Form Letters

  1. David says:

    Hi Kathleen, I’ve learned if I don’t ask forgiveness it only breaks my fellowship with my Father. Thank you for the reminder

  2. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, nice idea. I am sure some people will find the form letters helpful. As important as forgiveness is, some people don’t know how to just come out and say what needs to be said in asking for forgiveness.

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