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.
As I’ve already indicated, forgiveness is a process; a journey. When Peter said to the Lord, “If it is You, Lord, bid me come to You,” Jesus responded with one word, “Come.” And on the basis of that one word, Peter stepped out of the ship and began to walk on the water. When he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink, but Jesus lifted him up again to finish his walk. Now view that scenario in the light of forgiveness. When Jesus taught on forgiveness, it was a commandment, not a suggestion. Upon receiving that command, the disciples said to Him, “Increase our faith.” Nothing has changed. Jesus still commands forgiveness, and it still operates by faith. And you can rest assured that walking IN forgiveness is very similar to walking on water, with the same distractions of wind and waves, or as it is seen in the forgiveness realm, personal issues and pride. You may be distracted by many things as you step into this process, but even if you are, if you will call on Jesus, He will lift you back up onto a sure footing. You can complete that journey, returning to the safety of the ship.
As you can already see, at this point in the forgiveness process, you have fully engaged in the good fight of faith. Stay your course. Speak by faith, walking in the love (willing obedience) of God, and keeping yourself there by praying in the Spirit. The second phase of the forgiveness process, the forgetting phase, demands of you a strong faith walk. In this stage of the process, you will surely find every ounce of your faith tested. Anything and everything your enemy has that he can use to fill your mind with thoughts of memories to remind you of the offence perpetrated against you will be utilized. You MUST bring every thought into obedience of Christ. You MUST keep your shield of faith strong and daily refurbished by every possible dosing of God’s Word to which you can attain. Forgetting is NOT easy. One of the greatest allies of forgetting is avoiding things that spark certain memories. One should avoid those memory triggers, and do all one can to fill each moment of each day with the work of creating NEW memories; memories worth the making; memories of love and service to others; memories of pleasing Father; memories He chooses to use to bless you for your work, unforgotten by Him. Fight the good fight.
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 12:34-37; Jude 20-21