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 we continue in our study of forgiveness, let us pause for a moment and consider the picture. Here is the scenario.
- You have been wronged; an offense has come to you.
- You make your declaration of war and say, “I forgive…”
- You put your faith to work, choosing to use it to forget the offense.
- You then put your faith to a more difficult task of forgetting that you had to forgive.
In the natural world, this is completely impossible, but not with God. In Luke we read the words, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” The Amplified Bible states it this way. “For with God nothing is ever impossible, and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”
Such thinking, and especially the described action, goes so far beyond human capacity that it should be clearly understood that ONLY divinely established supernatural power must be at work to accomplish it. Such supernatural power will only be manifest in one’s life by the application of two elements set forth in the Word of God. One is the “washing of the water by the Word,” and the other is the blood of Jesus that “cleanses us from all unrighteousness.” It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses from all unrighteousness, and it is the washing of the water by the Word that works to purge our minds and spirits. And that purging of our minds and spirits by the Word is not only for the stains that have come from our sins and shortfalls, but also works to purge both out mind and spirit of those things that come in the form of thoughts and images that have not yet had time to stain us. It is the blood of Jesus that is the life of our flesh and our entry to the Father, and the washing of the Word that we must learn to apply daily to our lives so we can be freed from every memory of unrighteousness.
In Hebrews we are told that once cleansed by the blood of Jesus, there should remain no more conscience of sin. And by constant application of that blood by our walk with Him, and the constant application of the Word to our lives, we will walk in that place in which we can be kept continually cleansed, not only from sins that beset us, but from memories that would draw us back into those sins, especially unforgiveness. This work of which I am writing is not a fiction, or a dream, but a powerful reality that awaits our entry into such a powerful supernatural realm of our Father. Fight the good fight of faith.
Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-34; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 18:22; Matthew 12:34-37; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 5:26