Prayer For Grace To Forgiven As Christ Forgave
Prayer Request for Forgiveness and Confessions
As human beings, there are times we fall short, and we commit acts against other human beings that we end up regretting in the end.
Have you ever said something mean to someone only to instantly regret it moments later? Have you been disrespectful to your parents, or told a lie to get something? These are all things that God does not to see his children do. When we commit a sin we must seek forgiveness.
The best way to seek forgiveness from your Holy Father is to ask the Lord to bear all transgressions of yourself and that of other people through prayer.
God loves us no matter what, but He does expect us to be responsible for our mistakes. By talking to God through prayer, this allows Him to know that you accept your mistakes, accept His mercy, and that you will seek Him in the future at all times, in all things.
If the need for forgiveness is what you are seeking most, whether in your own life, or in the life of someone you love, let us pray for you at the holiest place on earth, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
We have faith that sending your prayer to the place where our Lord Jesus Christ gave his life for us will help your request be granted! It is our honor and privilege to be a prayer warrior for you, and to ask the Lord to watch over you, protect you, and keep you, always. Please submit your prayer request today.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” John 1:9
Prayer for Personal Forgiveness
Lord, there are no words to express how horrible I feel every time I break Your heart. The guilt and the shame is overwhelming when I allow myself to do so. I ask for Your touch right now, and for Your forgiveness for all I’ve done.
I am so sick of being “born again” and still doing the things I hate doing. The hardness of allowing myself to do wrong is a barrier between the two of us that I can’t stand. I love You, and I am so regrettably sorry for my selfish actions against You and all others.
Thank You for Your forgiveness, Lord. With Your forgiveness I am whole again, and new. Amen.
Prayer for Forgiving Others
Holy Father, I can’t seem to shake the harm that’s been done to me from my thoughts. I am drowning in the anger I feel. Lord, I shouldn’t think the vengeful thoughts that I currently find myself having.
You have called me to forgive every single person that wrongs me, but I need Your strength to overcome these trespasses against me. Father, I want to forgive those who have done wrong.
I want to forgive them completely so that You can use me however You wish, and to be a loving example of You towards them. I ask that you take this burden from me. Do with me as you please Father. Amen.
Prayer for New Life
Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from You. I am truly sorry, and I want to turn away from my past sinful life, drawing my eyes toward You. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again.
I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, and to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward.
Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Your precious name I pray, Amen.
Prayer for Hope and Forgiveness
Heavenly Father, from whom comes the beauty of each new day and every newborn child, I want to thank You for Your everlasting forgiveness and eternal hope.
You turn the pages of our lives, filling our days with forgiveness, erasing our transgressions, and encouraging us to try again.
You are the author of life, who brings fresh expectation into each day, for all of your treasured children. Lord, flood this heart of mine with your hope.
Prayer for Dedication and Forgiveness Towards Others
Father, I ask to be called as a witness to your love by the love I extend to others, and as a precursor of Your justice by my unfailing commitment to what is right and good.
May I lead a compassionate, righteous life with Your unfailing love by my side. I want to reflect the light of Christ in my forgiveness, mercy and compassion towards all.
I long to be a dedicated servant in all that I do, and all that I am. Amen.
Prayer for Forgiveness of Adultery
Father, You are the God of Restoration, redeeming us from the pit which eternally lies below for everyone who rejects You. Yet, I feel rejected as my spouse is cheating and it breaks my heart into a million pieces.
Please help me Father, in this great time of heartache. Help me to be able to continue in this marriage in the hopes that we can both be reconciled to one another, and seek forgiveness.I know that my spouse is not really happy inside and that the passing pleasures of sin are fleeting, but they cannot suppress their conscience for very long.
I ask that You move my spouse to confess their sin, to be convicted of their sin, and to repent of their sin with the passionate desire that we can be reconciled to one another. You are the answer to our time of great need, conviction, and forgiveness. Amen.
Prayer for Forgiveness of Sins and Healing
Lord, I need your help and your insight more than ever. Today I have gained a better understanding of forgiving others and with your help; I fully forgive from my heart. Just as you have freely forgiven me, I forgive them.
Father, I ask you to forgive me for hurting others my own hurt and to heal my relationships with those that I care about. I pray all of this in Jesus’ precious name and by whom all forgiveness and healing has been made possible. Thank you for loving me in ways I’ll never comprehend.
I am so thankful to have You in my life, and to call you Father.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”” Acts 3:19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Corinthians 5:17
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7
Forgive Just as God in Christ Also Has Forgiven You
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Last week I talked about what forgiveness is—what it looks and what it's not. I quoted Thomas Watson's definition whichincluded
- resisting revenge,
- not returning evil for evil,
- wishing them well,
- grieving at their calamities,
- praying for their welfare,
- seeking reconciliation so far as it depends on you,
- and coming to their aid in distress.
How Do We Truly Forgive? Gospel-Flying
This week I'm asking, how can we do that? What gives us thefreedom and the ability and the incentive and the power to forgivethose who sin against us? Some of you have been wronged so deeplyand hurt so badly that forgiving would be as great a miracle asflying.
But recall the little poem of John Bunyan:
Run, John, run, the law commands But gives us neither feet nor hands, Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.
Two wings, six feathers.
And that includes the “flying” of forgiveness. So I want God toshow us our gospel wings this morning. Forgiving is a flying youcan do in the power of the gospel. In fact six feathers are enoughfor this flight—three on one side and three on the other maketwo strong wings for gospel-flying—or gospel forgiving.
Two Wings, Six Feathers
I find all six feathers in these three verses (Ephesians 4:32–5:2),
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
There are two wings in this text for gospel-flying—just a bird has two wings. Each wing has three feathers. All sixfeathers are things God the Father and God the Son have done for uswithout our help.
They are all works of his sovereign grace. I amtalking to Christian believers now. If you are not one yet, I hopeyou will listen and be drawn in.
What I am describing here aboutgospel-flying (forgiving) is yours freely if you will lay down theweights of unbelief and trust Christ.
There are two wings. One wing with its three feathers is whatChrist did for us before we even existed. And the other wing withits three feathers is what God did for us in our own lifetime.
Soif you are drawing the sermon today, you need to draw a bird withtwo big wings each having three feathers, and then write on eachfeather one of the things God has done so that we can fly withforgiveness to each other.
Wing #1: What God Did for Us Before We Existed
The first feather in this wing is this:
1. God Loved Us with a Special Saving Love
Ephesians 5:1, “Be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Andverse 2: “Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you.”
The first feather in the wing of gospel-flying—gospelforgiving—is the unspeakable reality of being loved by God.
But to feel the force of this, you need to know that this is notmerely the general love that God has for all the world—thelove that gives life and breath and food and rain and protectionand family and job and many evidences of his truth and power andgreatness. It is an amazing thing to be loved that, and shouldcause us to turn to him in gratitude.But if that is all you know of the love of God, your gospel wingswill be weak. This text speaks of love a Father has for achild and love that moves Christ to take our place in death.
Nowthat is something more than the general love of God for the world.That is a saving love—a love that goes beyond the offer ofthe gospel and actually undertakes to save us effectively,infallibly.
It does what needs to be done to get us forgiven andsaved.
Here is the evidence for this: in Ephesians 1:4–5 Paul says thatthis love of God chose us for adoption as children of God.[God] chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 he predestined us to adoption as sons.
So God has loved you with a love that is precious beyond wordsbecause it is a love that he gave you before you were born and thatmoved him to predestine you to be a child of God in holiness.
So the first feather in the wing of gospel forgiving is thefeather of God's special saving love—call it covenant love.It is not mere general love. It is love that fixed personally,particularly on you as an individual and chose you and pursued youand brought you to himself, because he means to have you. If youget gripped by being loved that, you might only need onefeather to fly.
The second feather is
2. Christ Gave Himself for Us as a Sacrifice
Ephesians 5:2b, “[Christ] gave Himself up for us, an offeringand a sacrifice to God.”
According to Ephesians 2:3 we were all by nature children ofwrath. We all deserve to perish and be punished in hell for thesins of our thoughts and imaginations and attitudes and tongues andhands and whole bodies.
But the covenant love of God for us movedhim not only to choose us but to give his Son as a sacrifice in ourplace: “Christ gave himself up for us”—that is, in our place,so that we don't have to perish.
“He became a curse for us”(Galatians 3:13).To feel the full force of this and to make the feather reallystrong for flying, we need to realize again that this is not merelya general thing Christ did the same for everybody.
Ephesians 5:25says, “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church andgave himself up for her.
” In other words Christ's giving himself upto die as a substitute for the church is part of a covenant lovethat he has for his bride.
In love he chose you to be his bride and in love he lays downhis life for you. You, individually, particularly, were in view asthe goal of his loving and his dying.
Chuck Colson told the story (at the 1994 Ligonier Conference inDallas, Texas) of a prison camp where 20 men came in from diggingand lined their shovels up on the wall as they always did for thecounting. When they were counted, the officer found only 19.
Hedemanded that the one who didn't bring his shovel step forward.None did. Then he threatened that if no one stepped forward, hewould choose ten men at random and shoot them.
A young man of about19 stepped forward and was immediately taken a few paces away andshot as an example to the others.
But then as they were dismissing, the shovels were counted againand there were 20 after all. The officer had miscounted.
The difference between what that boy did for his friends andwhat Jesus did for you is that Jesus knew which ten men he wasdying for and he knew that we were all unworthy. But he did itanyway, because he had a very special covenant love for you that isfar above human love.The first feather is that you have been loved with a specialsaving love. And the second feather is that Christ gave himself asa sacrifice to take your place so that you will never perish.
The third feather for gospel-flying (forgiving) is
3. God Was Satisfied with Christ's Sacrifice
Ephesians 5:2b, “[Christ] gave Himself up for us, an offeringand a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
When Paul calls the death of Jesus for us a “fragrant aroma” toGod he means that God was satisfied with what Christ did. He did notlook down and say, “You can't do that. You can't die for others.Every person has to bear their own guilt.
Don't be so foolish tothink you can take the curse and condemnation of another.
” On thecontrary, the Father looked down and (with tears in his eyes, Ithink) took tremendous pleasure in the honor that the Son gave tothe Father in obeying his commission—the Father had sent him(John 3:16).
So Christ did not die in vain. God received his offering. Itsatisfied the Father's justice. It removed God's wrath andjudgment.
Be ye glad, O be ye glad! Every debt that you ever had, Has been paid up in full by the blood of the Lamb,
Be ye glad, be ye glad, be ye glad.
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God was satisfied with the blood of Christ. That's the thirdfeather in the first wing of gospel-flying and forgiveness.
That's the wing of God's work before you were born:
- God loved you with special saving love;
- Christ gave himself for you as a sacrifice; and
- God was satisfied with Christ's sacrifice. Your debt is paid.
Wing #2: What God Did for Us During Our Lifetime
The other wing for gospel-flying has three feathers in italso.
1. God Put Us in a Saving Relationship with Christ
God put you into a saving relationship with Christ, so thatyou are united to Christ a vine is united to the branch.
Ephesians 4:32b, “Forgive each other, just as God in Christ alsohas forgiven you.”
We are “in Christ.” That means we are in a relationship withChrist—we are united to Christ—ina way that makes usacceptable to God because he is acceptable to God. How did we getinto this relationship? 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “By [God's] doingyou are in Christ Jesus.” God awakened faith in our hearts and putus into a saving relationship with Jesus (cf. Ephesians 2:10, 13; Romans16:17).
If he hadn't done that, all his other work (loving us, givinghis Son to die for us, being satisfied with the Son's sacrifice)would have been in vain. But he did it. He is doing it all. Hislove will not be frustrated in pursuing you for himself. Hispersonal, individual, particular love is moving him all the way.Nothing will stop him from saving you.So the first feather in wing #2 for gospel-flying is God'sputting you into a relationship with Christ a vine in abranch.
2. God Adopted Us and Made Us Rightful Children
The second feather for gospel-forgiving is that God adoptedyou into his family and made you a rightful child of God.
Ephesians 5:1, “Therefore be imitators of God, as belovedchildren.”
In other words realize that when God united you to Christ, youbecame with Christ a child of God. And heir. This is what God hadbeen aiming at all along. Ephesians 1:5 says that “God predestinedus unto adoption.”
Some parents have children accidentally. And if they are crueland heartless parents, they might even tell their children theydidn't want them. But God has no unwanted children. They are allplanned—from eternity, with great expectation and joy. Theyare all pursued. Christ's death is an unspeakably high paymentthrough heaven's Micah Fund.1
The second wing of gospel-flying in wing #2 is the truth thatyou are loved not just in some random, general, impersonal way, butas a child of God that he sought out and adopted at great cost.
3. God Forgave Us for Our Sins
Finally the third feather in wing #2 for gospel-flying(forgiving) is that God forgave you for your sins.
Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind to one another, tender-hearted,forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgivenyou.”
Before you were born (wing #1):
- God has loved you with a special, personal, saving love from all eternity.
- His Son gave his life for you to take the place of your judgment.
- God was satisfied by the substitute and sacrifice of the Son. The debt was paid.
Then after you were born (wing #2):
- God brought you to faith and put you in a saving relationship with Christ.
- God adopted you into his family as a child of his own.
- And God forgave all your sins and there is no condemnation.
These are the wings John Bunyan had in mind:
Run, John, run, the law commands But gives us neither feet nor hands, Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.
It bids us forgive—and give us gospel wings. If youbelieve in your heart that God has done all of this for you and inyou, you will fly. You will forgive.
Charles Spurgeon tells how his heart was set on wing by thepardon of God:
My life was full of sorrow and wretchedness, believing that I was lost.
But, oh, the blessed gospel of the God of grace came to me, and with it a sovereign word, “Deliver him!” And I who was but a minute before as wretched as a soul could be, could have danced for the very merriment of heart.And as the snow fell on my road home from the little house of prayer, I thought every snowflake talked with me and told of the pardon I had found, for I was white as the driven snow through the grace of God.2
But years later he added this:
To be forgiven is such sweetness that honey is tasteless in comparison with it. But yet there is one thing sweeter still, and that is to forgive. As it is more blessed to give than to receive, so to forgive rises a stage higher in experience than to be forgiven.3
It rises higher because it is gospel-flying. Spread your wingswith me in these days at Bethlehem and let's fly together.
1 The Micah Fund is an adoption ministry at Bethlehemthat helps covers the cost of adopting minority infants who mightotherwise have been sacrificed in abortion.
2 Volume 15, p. 156, Metropolitan TabernaclePulpit.
3 Volume 31, pp. 287f., Metropolitan TabernaclePulpit.
Verses of Hope for Struggling with Forgiveness
Are you struggling to forgive someone who hurt you? Or are you struggling to forgive yourself? Maybe you are curious about God’s forgiveness…wondering if he could forgive you for something you regret.
The good news is forgiveness on all these levels is possible! Both receiving forgiveness and forgiving others is one of the most important things you will ever do. The Bible is full of verses to help us understand how completely God forgives those who confess and believe in his son Jesus. There are also many wonderful scriptures about forgiving others.
Do not live with the burden of unforgiveness any longer. Find freedom through God’s word:
God Forgives Us
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 103:10-14 – He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. For he knows we are but dust.
Hebrews 8:12 – For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 – Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
Luke 23:34 – As he hung on the cross – “And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
We Should Forgive Others as God Forgives Us
Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Mark 11:25 – And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Colossians 3:13 – Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Matthew 6:12 – From the Lord’s Prayer – “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Teachings on Forgiveness
Romans 12:18-21 – If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave I to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.
To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Matthew 5:39-41 – But I tell you not to resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also; if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well, and if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Proverbs 17:9 – Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Luke 6:35-36 -But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs old quarrels, but love overlooks insults.
God will Help.
John 14:26-27 – But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
1 Peter 5:7 – Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.
Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take
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How to ask God for forgiveness
Prayer for forgiveness is needed for every believer. Anyone who has had to apologize for knowingly or inadvertently causing harm or pain knows the feeling of relief that comes with receiving forgiveness and a free conscience.
Thanks to the prayer for forgiveness of sin, you can not only remove the heavy burden from your soul, but also see the path that you must take so that life brings joy and is full of peace.
A prayer for forgiveness from God
Father God, I kneel before You knowing that I have sinned against You in so many different ways.. in what I have said and done as well as in the dirty thoughts that flood through my mind.
I know that I am a sinner and as such I was the cause of the Lord Jesus being crucified on the cruel cross to take the punishment that I justly deserve – to pay that price for MY sins.
Lord I know that I am unworthy to come before You, but I ask Your forgiveness of all my sins, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ – Who died for me at Calvary.
Wash me I pray in the purifying blood of Jesus. Cleanse me from all my sins.
Fill my heart with righteous thoughts and clean desires, for I no longer want to wallow in the cesspit of sin that has for so long separated me from You.
Thank You Lord that You have promised that all who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour will have their sins forgiven forever. Praise You Lord for Your grace and mercy on me -a sinner saved by grace, in Jesus name I pray,
Kid’s prayer for forgiveness
Dear Lord Jesus, I am sorry that I have been naughty and disobeyed my parents. I know I should listen to them but sometimes I don’t want to and then I get into trouble. I don’t want to disobey but sometimes I do and I know that it makes them mad – and then they are mad with me and I am mad back at them.
Dear Jesus, please forgive me for disobeying and help me to listen to my parents next time and to do what they tell me to do. Thank You that even when I am naughty You still love me.
Thank You Jesus for dying for me on the cross and thank You for taking the punishment for my sins when I am naughty. Thank You that You rose back to life again and went to heaven so that I can be forgiven and go to heaven too. Thank You that you never stop loving me even when I do disobey and help me to be good in the future. Thank You Jesus,
Father, the weight of my sins weigh heavily on my conscience and I know that there is no righteousness in me. I come to You pleading for Your great mercy, and repent of all the many sins that I have committed against You so grievously.
Lord I confess that in my pride and arrogance I even joked about Your existence and blasphemed You in word and deed and yet I discover that You sent Your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only acceptable sacrifice to pay the price for my sins.
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Lord I kneel before You broken in heart for the wrong that I have done against You and beg for Your grace and mercy on a pitiful sinner, who has come to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord – and that He is my Saviour and Redeemer. Wash away all my sins I pray and cleanse both my mouth and my thoughts from the filth that has poured forth from my blackened heart.Lord I come in humility of heart and brokenness of spirit and pray and thank You that in Your mercy You sent Jesus to be the price for my sins. Thank You for Your promise that all who believe in Him will not perish but have their sins forgiven and receive the free gift of eternal life.
Thank You that I have been saved by Your grace – simply by trusting in the blood of Christ, in Whose name I pray,
Prayer to forgive other people
Father, there are certain things that have recently happened to me that have been so painful that I am finding it quite difficult to forgive others – and yet I know that this is Your will for each one of Your children – knowing that forgiving others in our hearts has a beautiful secondary function, of opening up our hearts and lives to Your warming love and perfect peace.
Lord I want to forgive others, but there seems to be a sort of blockage that is causing me to hold fast to my anger and hurt. Please Father God, in Your goodness and grace, would You please help me to forgive fully, freely and forever so that I may be released from this sharp pain of unforgiveness, which seems to be holding my heart in an icy, iron grip.
Lord You have promised in Your word that Your grace is sufficient for every trial and each difficulty in life – and I trust that this means that Your grace is sufficient to bring me to that point of genuine and gracious forgiveness.
And so I cast this unforgiveness at Your feet and pray that You would forgive ME for holding onto my unforgiving heart for so long – knowing that in Christ Jesus You have forgiven me so much.
Thank You Lord for dying on the cross for me and for forgiving all my sins – thank You that Your grace is sufficient for me – in Jesus name I pray,
Your death, O Lord, we commemorate, and your resurrection we confess, and your second coming we look for; and we ask of you mercy and compassion and we implore the forgiveness of sins. Your mercies be upon us all.
Prayers for the remission of sins can rightfully be called miraculous and healing. In the process of turning to God, we completely abstract from life's fuss and all we want is the generosity of our Father, his forgiveness for our actions, thoughts and intentions, which are caused by the weakness of the spirit and inability to resist the temptations of life.
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