May 28, 2013

Faith and Forgiveness

Mark 11:22-25, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  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.”  Faith and Forgiveness walk hand in hand.  It is impossible to release faith to God and unforgiveness toward an individual at the same time.  Through faith we can move mountains, get answers to prayer, and accomplish great things.  The moment unforgiveness comes in all of these things stop. 

The Lord Jesus shows us here that unforgiveness breaks our fellowship with our Heavenly Father.  Unforgiveness is strife.  It is a decision to not operate in love.  It is a decision to not consider the other person and give them the benefit of the doubt that just maybe they were having an off day when they did something that bothered you.  But whether somebody did you wrong by accident or on purpose, unforgiveness will do you more damage than they ever could.  James 3:16 says, For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”  Strife and unforgiveness brings confusion and every evil work of the devil into your life.

In II Timothy 2:24-26, the Apostle Paul gives us good instruction on how to get out of strife and unforgiveness. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”  We must repent, get back on the Word of God and deliver ourselves out of satan’s snare.  But they did me wrong, why do I have to repent?  Because you allowed their offense to get into you and affect your life, your relationship with God, and your relationship with them. You may not ever be able to change the other person, but you can always change you.  Today, if you have hurt or bad feelings toward somebody, forgive them.  It will set you free and your faith will begin to work again unhindered.