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.
Once again today I refer you to the interaction Jesus had with His disciples in Luke 17. After He spoke to them concerning forgiveness, their response to Jesus was, “Increase our faith.” I repeat to you, operating in forgiveness will be the greatest challenge to your faith you will ever have. I am personally convinced that any Christian who can properly operate in forgiveness can achieve anything he needs to accomplish in the realm of faith.
We know what the Scriptures say about faith.
- “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
- “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).
- “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
- “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).
While there are many other verses we could cite, the point here is to focus for a moment of the need of and vital importance of faith one needs in a strong relationship with God, and especially with the issue of forgiveness to work in an arena that is so very personal. One of the greatest hurdles any Christian must overcome is personal feelings, and in that arena, forgiveness is surely the most sensitive. We can get along with almost anyone, even if we have differing views on style, politics, social norms, and the like. But when someone offends you, getting along is impossible without forgiveness. Once again remember that when Jesus spoke strongly about forgiveness, His disciples called on Him to “Increase our faith.” If you don’t already know it, you will at some point, for your faith to operate well in the arena of forgiveness, it MUST BE STRONG!
For that purpose, I exhort you, I urge you, I plead with you; make your faith strong. Read the Word, study the Word, believe the Word, act upon the Word, let nothing that contradicts the Word proceed from your mouth, hold fast to the Word, plant it daily in your spirit, and allow no one or no thing to take the Word from you. Fight for it, fight to keep it, and fight to live it. It’s not called the “good fight of faith” for nothing. Make your faith so strong that every fight you enter is a “good” one. A “good fight” is one that is already won. You will never be alone in this fight. It heads the Master’s list.
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