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But If You Do Not Forgive

“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:26 (NKJV)

Have you ever done something you wished you’d never done, and in the process you hurt someone?  How about when you genuinely said, “I’m sorry,” do you remember how it felt when they accepted your apology?  Pretty good, wasn’t it?

I don’t think we possess any greater gift within us than to love others as Christ loves us, and this type of love includes the ability to forgive others.  And yet it goes against every inclination in our flesh to genuinely forgive someone who has hurt us.  It’s as if our being wronged and being viewed as some sort of victim is some sort of gold nugget in our possession, and we find it too hard to give away at times. 

Q:         So how important is forgiveness to all of us? 

It is very important to our spiritual and physical health.  Jesus said, “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”  So, if we want God’s forgiveness, we must be prepared to forgive others of their offenses against us, and those we love.  It is my opinion as well that many physical ailments could be avoided if we would simply forgive others for the things they have done to offend or hurt us.  Stress from anger and bitterness caused from unforgiveness is a leading cause of many physical afflictions such as high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, and much more.  

When we say I’m sorry, we are supposed to let it go, and we’re not to think upon it any longer (cf. Phil. 4:8).  Unfortunately, we often don’t follow what we preach, or simply know to be right, and instead we allow our thoughts to become fixed upon another person’s offense against us, causing us to become angry, stubborn, and bitter—even provoking us to bring the offense back up against them in future conversations.  Anger is a weakness in our lives exploited by the enemy, and as long as we refuse to forgive another person, the devil and his emissaries are using it to control us.

Q:         What if a person chooses not to forgive you, once you have asked for forgiveness?

When it comes to others forgiving you, all you can do is ask, and encourage them to not allow the enemy to get a stronghold of unforgiveness in their lives.  If they are a true follower of Jesus Christ, and are abiding in Him, then they will forgive.  And the same is true for us. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the verse above with regards to forgiveness?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there someone you are not truly forgiving?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to show you those within your life that you need to forgive today.  Now choose to forgive them in the same way God has forgiven you.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for forgiving me of my trespasses.  Thank You for loving me enough to allow Your son to pay for my sins by dying upon the cross of Calvary.  Show me today, anyone whom I may have a grievance against.  Remind me of how much You have forgiven me when I am tempted to hold these offenses against others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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