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.
I can thing of few things anyone could say that is more important than the words you read in our Text for Today. “When you stand praying, FORGIVE, if you have ought against any.” I have taken many days to write to you of the importance, plan, and steps of forgiveness the believer is to follow. That will never change. God’s Word regarding the work of forgiveness will never change. The believer’s responsibility relating to forgiveness will never change. So, I say again to you, “Forgive, forgive, forgive.”
Forgive seventy times seven in one day to the same person if it is possible that one person could offend you that often in one 24-hour period. Forgive when you stand praying. Forgive any time, day or night, that you realize you have anything in your heart against another person. Forgive so you can be forgiven, for if you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven by God. Forgive, for failing to forgive puts you into the scenario of 2 Timothy 2:24-26; you have fallen into the snare of Satan, and until you forgive and repent of harboring unforgiveness, you cannot be retrieved from that snare by yourself, any other person, or even your heavenly Father. Satan can do with you in that state whatever he wishes whenever he wishes. It is dangerous beyond imagination.
Remember, your act of forgiving is NOT for the offender, but for yourself. Until you have forgiven, the unforgiveness you carry binds you with chains to the offender and the offence. As strange as it seems, the offender can repent, confess his sin, ask you forgiveness, and go free from the entire matter, even if you DO NOT forgive. Think of that. You were not the offender. You were the one who was offended; the one who was wronged. Yet if you DO NOT forgive, you can be bound to an issue from which your offender can walk totally free. Please understand; your act of forgiving is not for the offender, but for you, the offended. Make the faith decision today, right now, this very moment. If you have been offended, follow the counsel I have shared, forgive, go free, and walk in light, life, and love. It is your decision. Father will NOT force it upon you, but if you do NOT forgive, there are dire consequences that can come upon you. Jesus has done everything to set you free. I beg you, do not allow anything to rob you of your freedom in Him, especially unforgiveness.
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