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.
If you think forgiveness is something that arises out of your emotions, you’re wrong. Emotions are a part of your soulish realm (mind, will, intellect, emotions). While the work forgiveness may indeed be addressed by the soulish realm, it is the soulish realm that MUST be brought into subjection to the obedience of Christ so that forgiveness works as it should. For example. You may have been offended so deeply that all your emotions want to do is fight back. Your intellect may have devised any number of methods to “get even,” many of which may never be discovered by any human being in this life (but God knows). Your will may be so determined to “make things right” in your own eyes, that you find it difficult to strike the offence from your mind, but strike it, you MUST. And your mind may be so clouded by all the noisome pestilence of the thoughts that rage against it that it seems as though communing with Father is impossible. But that, my dear friend, is where your faith in God and the power of Holy Spirit must be loosed in your life.
Forgiveness is a layered process of three distinct parts, each of which is a deeper and more powerful action of faith. That is why I have written to you that forgiveness, true Biblical forgiveness by the believer is one of, if not the greatest tests your faith will ever undergo. And once again I say to you, the primary reason for it being such a test is that any offence that comes requires you to forgive is a deeply personal issue, impacting every arena of your life, spirit, soul (mind, will, intellect, & emotions), and body, and the secondary reason is that with many offences, you will be required to battle pride at its sharpest point of attack. And when you mix deeply personal issues with pride, you have before you a whale of a battle that requires faith working by love at their (faith & love) highest levels.
In our coming Second Milers, we will investigate the layered process of forgiveness, examining as we are able, “release, forgetting the offence, and forgetting the release.” Learning and applying these three layers of faith action can make a difference in your life that defies explanation. The supernatural blessing of the Lord through these processes extends far beyond all that we can ask or even think, for it is the power of God working in us to do and to will His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
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