Forgiveness – Part 11


If forgiveness was a tennis match, it’s time for you to begin serving “aces.”

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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.

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Tennis is a high-energy gave of strategy, and when you’re serving, or on the offense, the best thing you can do is serve “aces.”  In tennis, an “ace” is a serve that comes at your opponent with such force, speed, and precision that he has no ability to respond.  Alone, an “ace” may not be a game or match winner, but put enough of them together, and you WILL win.  Let me share an example of “aces” being served again and again by the greatest winner of all time in the Scripture.  His Name is Jesus.  When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus did not see Himself on the defensive.  He went after Satan.  And His serve ALWAYS came with power, precision, and deadly intent.  He opened His mouth and declared, “It is written.”  Jesus NEVER gave any credence to Satan’s temptation by repeating them.  That would have put Him on the defensive, which is precisely where the enemy desires to put you. 

There is a divinely powerful secret that is fully revealed in the Word of God on how to carry out such a strategy.  It is given to us in Matthew 6.  There, Jesus tells us that we should not “take thought” about anything that comes against our faith or a covenant word of promise from the Father.  Instead, according to 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, we are to bring “every thought” into captivity to the obedience of Christ (the Anointed One).  We must also learn to obey the command of the Lord in Philippians 4:8, and allow ourselves to think ONLY on things that fully match the criteria for thought He has established.  If we allow a thought to remain in our thinking, it should fit within ALL the following parameters; pure, honest, just, lovely, true, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.  Any thought that does not meet ALL those standards, should immediately be taken captive as a “prisoner of war” before it can commit war crimes against you.

Never forget that the moment you say, “I forgive,” you have declared war, and entering into what is likely one of the strongest faith engagements you will ever fight.  You are fighting for your life, for personal forgiveness that can only come when you forgive, and for the privilege of living in a realm where your prayers will ALWAYS be answered.  This is no place to waver, and the greatest thing you can do in this combat arena is to serve “aces;” attacks on Satan that are so powerful, so well-targeted, so fierce, and so fast that He CANNOT mount a defense.  Fight the good fight of faith.  “It is written.”

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

Forgiveness – Part 10

Forgiveness puts you on the offense.  That means you do the attacking.

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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.

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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to forget something of which you make no record?  People can share all kinds of information, birthdate, anniversaries, special events, and the like, but if you just have a normal daily life, it is very unlikely that you will remember all such dates unless you make a record of them by writing them down, or by speaking about them often.  But once a record is made,  remembering becomes quite simple.  You “calendar” such things so you make a place for them in your schedule. 

If you plan to walk in forgiveness towards an offender, you must put your calendar away.  You must choose to avoid keeping any record of wrong done.  Even then, Satan will see to it, either personally or by use of his minions, that there are memory triggers in abundance placed in your life.  We live with those in our life every day.  A smell, a picture on a billboard, a song played on the radio, a phrase spoken on a television show, or something the mimics the time and events surrounding the offence, flutter into our lives at the speed of life.  It’s what we do with those thoughts when they come in proximity to our spirit and soul that will determine how successful we are in the war for forgiveness.

You’ve already declared the war when you said, “I forgive.”  Now you enter the battle to forget the offence, the event, the action, or the word that so personally offended you.  And because it was so very personal, this part of the war will be flooded with daily action, and that action is you being on the offensive against the enemy trying to invade your soul and spirit with memories.  Those memories are like enemy agents sent in the darkness to sabotage your life.  You CANNOT simply sit back and allow those saboteurs to freely cross the border of your mind to do their work.  You MUST go on the offensive.  You know the enemy will send them.  Don’t wait for their arrival.  So, fill your heart and mind daily with the Word of God, with thanksgiving, praise, and worship to God for His goodness, and the business of meditating on the Word that there is not room at the border crossing of your mind for saboteurs to gain entry.  It is at this point that the words of your mouth, the words that justify or condemn you, must be brought into play in as powerful and continual a manner as possible.  And that, my friend, is up to you.  Fight the good fight of faith.  More to come . . .

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 12:34-3

Forgiveness – Part 9

Let’s talk more about the first step of forgiveness – the declaration of war.

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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.

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Yesterday I shared with you that the moment you open your mouth and declare, “I forgive,” you have must made an open declaration of war on the gates of hell.  You cannot make that declaration and just sit back, thinking all will be well. I can assure you, it will NOT.  When Jesus said, “the gates of hell would not prevail against” His church, He had no intention of the church house becoming a battlefield.  Rather, He fully intended the battlefield to be in the very gates of hell.  So, when declare, “I forgive,” you MUST, from that point forward, take the battle to the devil.  Forgiving in no way puts you on the defensive, but rather places firmly on the offense.  When you say, “I forgive,” you are at war.

The Scriptures teach us that no man of wisdom goes to war unless he has first counted the cost.  Let me settle that cost right now in your mind.  You MUST spend what you must to walk in forgiveness.  However, you can do so in full assurance that the cost is not more than you can handle, for the Lord has fulling equipped you to walk victoriously in this arena, having already provided for you all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  When you enter this battle in faith, you will never fall short in all that is necessary for your complete victory.  Once again, I serve you fair warning.  Walking in the kind of forgiveness we are describing will likely be one of the greatest faith battles you will ever fight, because it is so very personal, and pride is a powerful instigator.

One of Satan’s most successful tools against the church is strife.  Please read and meditate upon 2 Timothy 2:24-26, and allow that passage to be planted deeply in your spirit.  When a believer is in strife, also known as a place of unforgiveness, they are treading on dangerous ground.  The Word teaches us that where envy and STRIFE are, there is also confusion and EVERY EVIL WORK.  Once again, this points to the intensity of the warfare one engages when they say, “I forgive.”  Unforgiveness is a portal into EVERY EVIL WORK (the works of the flesh).  Think of this.  If ONE sin can separate one from right fellowship with Father, what can EVERY EVIL WORK (the works of the flesh) do?  Has someone offended you?  If you have not declared war on that strife, do it now!  Don’t wait!  There will be no improvement until you do.  Fight the good fight of faith! 

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

Forgiveness – Part 7

Forgiveness requires a layered action of strong faith to achieve divine results.

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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.

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Today we enter into our examination of the layered process of forgiveness.  But before taking that journey, I perceive the need to equip you with a Holy Ghost charge that comes to us via the pen of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:31-32.  There we read the following.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Please pay close attention to the final nine words of that passage.  “…even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”   Gaze intently at those words for a few moments, and consider the strength of their meaning.  Then answer the following questions.

  • How does God forgive?
  • Does He forget the wrong done?
  • Does He forget that He had to forgive?
  • Does He ever bring the forgiven wrong up to you again?
  • How can He do this, especially the “forgetting” part?

Dear one, when God forgives, He releases Himself to restore you to right fellowship and blessing.  Then He forgets the wrong you’ve done. And then He forgets that He had to forgive, and will NEVER bring that issue up again.  Now that, dear child of God, is forgiveness God’s way.  And that is precisely what He expects of us.  Take another look at the passage from Ephesians 4.  Do you want to walk in the fullness of the blessing of the Lord and in His fullest power?  Then the following is required of you.  ALL bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, and malice MUST BE PUT AWAY FROM YOU.  But it doesn’t stop there.  That MUST be followed up by being kind and tenderhearted to one another.  Then, the greatest faith challenge I know in “FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, EVEN AS GOD FOR CHRIST’S SAKE HATH FORGIVEN YOU.”

That means, when you are offended, you cannot allow bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, or malice to come on you.  You must be kind and tenderhearted to one another, and finally, you MUST forgive one another the same way God has forgiven you.  My friend, I am convinced that is the greatest faith challenge you will ever encounter in your walk with Jesus.  And once again I tell you that the reason is that offences that come against you are very personal. You can’t pass it off as if it happened to someone else.  And with that sense of personal attack and insult, pride will partner with the unforgiveness to make it even worse.  The work is before you.  Have faith in God!

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

Forgiveness-Part 8

The easiest part of the forgiveness process is the declaration of war when you say, “I forgive.”

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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.

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Having now laid a good and balanced foundation for our look at the forgiveness process, let us consider the first step in that process.  Many see this step as the complete process, but it is not.  The term many use for this step is the word that speaks of the whole process.  They call it forgiveness.  I personally identify it as the declaration of war on unforgiveness.  And a declaration of war on unforgiveness it most assuredly is.  It is stated very simply.  “In the Name of Jesus, I forgive (…whomever has offended me…).”  It is at that moment you have declared war on the gates of hell concerning unforgiveness and all the appertaining issues (bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, strife, and malice).  And you can be assured that following your declaration of war, you will face each of them, in turn, or en masse, at which time you must make the determination whether they are crises or opportunities.  If you define them as crises, you will more likely face defeat than victory.  If, on the other hand, you view them as opportunities to fight the good fight of faith, you can surely walk in victory, for this is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith.

You might ask how can saying “I forgive” be a declaration of war.  War always begins with words spoken.  Even if the attack seems to come forth from deep secrecy, someone, somewhere, at some prior time spoke the words.  Have you ever been offended, especially by a brother or sister in Christ?  If you’ve been born again for more than a few months, I can almost assure you that it has happened.   When it did, and you spoke the words, “I forgive,” how often were moments in the following hours, days, weeks, or even longer, did thoughts of the offence come?  How many things could happen, how many words could be spoken, how many places could you go, and have the memory of that offence suddenly rise in your thinking?  Many, I am sure.  You see, when you said, “I forgive,” you declared war on the master offender and the gates of hell.  But if you ever intend to win victory over the offences Jesus said MUST surely come, you must begin with the declaration of war by saying, “I forgive.”  And the moment you make that declaration, make sure you have put on the whole armor of God, and that you are ready for the ensuing battle, for surely, the battle cometh.  Fight the good fight of faith!

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

Forgiveness – Part 6

Obedient faith is the only faith that works, and it requires following the commands of the Word.

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.

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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

Forgiveness – Part 5

Feed this statement to your faith.  Forgiveness is an act of obedient faith, nothing more, nothing less.

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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.

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What is it that makes forgiveness such a powerful faith battle?  The first thing that makes it such a powerful battle is the fact that it is a very personal issue.  You must forgive someone when you have been offended.  And while some areas of forgiveness are easier to handle, the more personal the matter becomes, the greater the fight will be.  Perhaps this is because the more personal the matter, the more we must overcome pride to gain the victory.  For example, if someone steals something from you, that will likely be easier to forgive than if someone told a lie about you.  The stolen item can likely be replaced, or the thief could even return it.  But when someone lies about you, it is your character that has been attacked, and that pushes the pride button.  Someone could burn down your house.  While that is a great personal loss, most of what has been burned can be replaced, rebuilt, or repaired.  But what if someone insults you in public, casting aspersions on your intelligence, education, or ability to perform your professional duties.  Once again, the house can be replaced, but when your reputation, intelligence, and ability are impugned, it has become very personal.  Ah, there is that pride issue arising once again. 

And consider how difficult it can be to forgive someone whose attack is not on you personally, but on those you dearly love; spouse, children, grandchildren, loved ones.  I am a Christian, a gentleman, and a law-abiding citizen.  But attack my bride, my family, and my loved ones, especially in my presence, and the day you are having may suddenly turn very sour for you.  I WILL DEFEND THOSE I LOVE!  While I believe such action to be godly, there are those who may find themselves deeply offended.  At such times, forgiveness is a gigantic faith issue that not only can, but WILL prove to be a powerful and monumental demand on your faith. 

If you know something difficult is coming, that it is lying in wait for you at every turn, it seems to me that the intelligent and wise person would do all they need to do to be as fully prepared for that difficulty, that attack, that snare they know lies somewhere before them.  Jesus said, “It is but impossible that offences will come.”  If Jesus said they will come, they WILL come.  Exercise the mind of Christ that is in you.  Prepare yourself for that fight of faith that will demand of you that you draw from your deepest spirit man the faith you need to win.  Go to the Word of God; read, study, memorize, meditate, and obey.  Remember, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

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

Forgiveness – Part 4

Dare I repeat myself?  Forgiveness is an act of obedient faith, nothing more, nothing less.

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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.

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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

Forgiveness – Part 3

Allow me to repeat it again, forgiveness is an act of obedient faith, nothing more, nothing less.

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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.

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Do you remember the words of Jesus concerning forgiveness as He hung upon the cross?  I’m sure you do.  He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  With that unequaled statement of love, I want you to consider the words of Paul the Apostle in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 where he wrote, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”  This is one of the most power and revealing statements in the Word of God concerning God’s heart of forgiveness.  Look closely at these words.  When you were born again . . .

  • All things of your life became of God
  • You were reconciled unto Father by Christ Jesus
  • You were given the ministry of reconciliation
  • To wit” means you are to know, not hope, but KNOW
  • In Christ, God was reconciling the world unto Himself
  • That He was NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES UNTO THEM

Please note the final statement.  God is not imputing the trespasses of the world to them.  The only thing a sinner must confess to be born again is that Jesus Christ is Lord.  It is stated clearly in Romans 10:9-10.  The sinner need not confess his sins to be born again.  The confession of sins is what a Christian must do when he sins in order to come back into right fellowship with the Lord. 

I share this in our study of forgiveness to make it clear that when you stand praying, you are to “forgive if you have ought against any.”  That includes sinner or saint.  You cannot afford to bear ANY unforgiveness in your heart towards ANY person.  If Jesus asked the Father to forgive His crucifiers because they did not know what they were doing, and if God so acted upon that request that He does not impute the trespasses of the sinner against them, then you and I will be held to no less a standard. 

Our forgiveness must extend as the Lord’s.  To harbor unforgiveness in your heart puts you in a place of strife, and that, dear friend, may be the most dangerous place a believer could possibly be.  Take a moment to read 2 Timothy 2:24-26.  When a believer is in strife (and harboring unforgiveness is strife), he has fallen into a snare of Satan from which God cannot extract him.  ONLY, I repeat, ONLY by confessing that sinacknowledging the truth, and embracing true forgiveness can one be freed from that snare.  Awaken, my friend, and slumber not.

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

Forgiveness – Part 2

I’ll say it again, forgiveness is an act of obedient faith, nothing more, nothing less.

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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.

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Yesterday I began my writing to you on the subject of forgiveness by saying that nothing you do in this life will require more faith from you than the act of forgiveness.  Take a moment at read the Luke 17 passage from our Manna for Today.  Jesus was speaking very pointedly about what one’s response should be if his brother offends him.  It’s quite simple to understand.  The offender is to be told of the offense, and the offender is to be forgiven.  Because Jesus said in this passage that “if he repent, forgive him,” some have taught that if he doesn’t repent, you don’t need to forgive.  My friend, this is patently untrue.  The Word of God is clear on that matter, and it is set forth in our Text for Today.  Read it again, and allow it to become a settled truth in your heart and mind that IF you expect to be forgiven, you MUST forgive.  But then Jesus markedly increased the weight of that burden.  What if the brother trespasses against you SEVEN times in the day?  The answer never changes; you MUST forgive him.  Consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:22 when Jesus was asked how many times one must forgive.  His response was astounding.  70 x 7.  I’m not so sure the actual number is important as it is to understand that the believer must NEVER stop forgiving.

That point being clearly made, I want to draw your attention to the response of the apostles at the words of Jesus.  Look closely at their response in Luke 17:5.  They said, “Increase our faith.”  They understood what it seems many Christians do not.  Forgiveness is an act of obedient faith, nothing more, nothing less.  Knowing that, the apostles (His disciples) knew full well that living a life of forgiveness would demand more of their faith than anything else the Lord commanded. 

When Jesus sent out His disciples, the twelve and the seventy, two by two, telling them to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils, their response was simple obedience.  But once again I ask you to consider their response when He told them to live  a life of forgiveness, regardless of what came their way or how often.  When Jesus gave that order, their response was a sobering one.  I remind you once again of their words.  “Increase our faith.”  What will we say to that?

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