Forgiveness puts you on the offense. That means you do the attacking.
Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to forget something of which you make no record? People can share all kinds of information, birthdate, anniversaries, special events, and the like, but if you just have a normal daily life, it is very unlikely that you will remember all such dates unless you make a record of them by writing them down, or by speaking about them often. But once a record is made, remembering becomes quite simple. You “calendar” such things so you make a place for them in your schedule.
If you plan to walk in forgiveness towards an offender, you must put your calendar away. You must choose to avoid keeping any record of wrong done. Even then, Satan will see to it, either personally or by use of his minions, that there are memory triggers in abundance placed in your life. We live with those in our life every day. A smell, a picture on a billboard, a song played on the radio, a phrase spoken on a television show, or something the mimics the time and events surrounding the offence, flutter into our lives at the speed of life. It’s what we do with those thoughts when they come in proximity to our spirit and soul that will determine how successful we are in the war for forgiveness.
You’ve already declared the war when you said, “I forgive.” Now you enter the battle to forget the offence, the event, the action, or the word that so personally offended you. And because it was so very personal, this part of the war will be flooded with daily action, and that action is you being on the offensive against the enemy trying to invade your soul and spirit with memories. Those memories are like enemy agents sent in the darkness to sabotage your life. You CANNOT simply sit back and allow those saboteurs to freely cross the border of your mind to do their work. You MUST go on the offensive. You know the enemy will send them. Don’t wait for their arrival. So, fill your heart and mind daily with the Word of God, with thanksgiving, praise, and worship to God for His goodness, and the business of meditating on the Word that there is not room at the border crossing of your mind for saboteurs to gain entry. It is at this point that the words of your mouth, the words that justify or condemn you, must be brought into play in as powerful and continual a manner as possible. And that, my friend, is up to you. Fight the good fight of faith. More to come . . .
Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-15; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 12:34-3