Forgive to Love!
Chosen by God!
“Jesus was matter-of-fact: ‘Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, 'Go jump in the lake'—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it's as good as done. That's why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you'll get God's everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it's not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.’" (Mark 11:22-25 MSG)
I think it can be very challenging to love and pray for those who treat us badly. Our sin nature will cause us to want revenge, or at the very least to say our piece. We also live in a world that lacks self-control and real love. It takes a spiritually mature, and spiritually secure, person to look beyond what is being said about them and done to them, to see a hurting individual in need of Jesus and prayer. It takes time in the Word and in the Presence of God to see the situation from His perspective and act in a way that glorifies Him.
Forgiveness is not about the other person, or even for the other person; it’s really about us and for us! Meditate on the Word above, in Mark 11:22-25.
1. Unforgiveness will impact the power of God’s Word operating effectively in your life.
2. Unforgiveness will impact your prayer life. (Ever wonder why your prayers aren’t being answered? Could there be some unforgiveness somewhere? It’s something to think about.)
3. Most importantly, unforgiveness will impact your receiving forgiveness from God when you ask for it. When we choose not to forgive others, we’ve also chosen not to receive God’s forgiveness.
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