Forgiveness – Part 1

Forgiveness is an act of obedient faith, nothing more, nothing less.

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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.

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Nothing you do in this life will require more faith from you than the act of forgiveness.  The reason for that is this; when you are put into a position of needing to forgive someone, it is because they have sinned against you personally.  Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to exercise your faith regarding healing for someone else than it is for yourself?  Why would that be true?  The answer is simple.  When it’s YOU who needs a manifestation of healing, it’s YOU that is suffering the pain, the fever, the symptoms, the inability to function.  This is a simple reality of life.  Think of this; if I join my faith to you for manifestation of healing of a sprained back, when I go to sleep at night, I’m not the one who may be awakened by a muscle spasm.  You are.  Remember, faith calls things that be not as though they were.  While I’m sleeping soundly in my comfortable bed, you may be battling symptoms that could keep you up half the night.  When you lean over to pick up something you’ve dropped, you may be suddenly reminded that you’re in a faith fight.  But when I lean over to pick up something I’ve dropped, I  do so without a second thought.  You see, when the symptoms are in YOUR body, it’s personal.  By the same token, when you are the one who is called upon to forgive, it’s personal.  Your faith needs to be truly strong, fixed, and unwavering.

In our Text for Today, we read a powerful and unchanging reminder about forgiveness.  If you don’t forgive the person who sins against (offends) you, Father won’t forgive you.  My friend, I did not write those words, but neither shall I apologize for them.  These are the words of Jesus Himself, and He spoke them in direct relation to how your faith should work.  Pay close attention to what I write here.  The Scriptures are very plain on this subject.  If I have sin in my life, God WILL NOT HEAR ME.  By harboring iniquity in my life, my prayers (all of them) go unheard.  And if prayers are not heard, prayers are not answered.  The Scripture boldly declares that if God hears my prayer, He answers my prayer and gives what I ask.  Forgiveness in the heart of the believer is an absolute MUST to live in victory, but sadly, especially at this hour, it is too often missing.  Too many believers harbor unforgiveness in their hearts today because of the gross deception under which the church lingers.  Before this present darkness that seems to loom over so many believers can be broken, forgiveness MUST be addressed.

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