Marcy S., age 51, North Carolina

In the name of Jesus and by His authority I forgive Warren for all the heartache and anxiety and frustration and embarrassment he has caused me (and our children) by his drinking. He is in bondage now to this power of darkness and cannot free himself. Lord Jesus, I can’t break his bonds — I can’t make him want to be free — only You can do this. All I can do is release him through forgiveness, not in my own strength, but in Yours.

I’ve been trying for several years now to release Warren, to let him go, to put him into Your hands, but I haven’t been able to do this consistently or for any length of time. This “unilateral forgiveness” must be the secret I’ve missed.