Tuesday, May 11

Forgive anyone for anything

Scripture: 1 Samuel 21-22, Proverbs 11, Mark 11

Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Observation/application

Jesus was teaching on faith and prayer when He inserted this remarkable statement.  Notice three things:

First, when you pray, forgive.  The “when” is sometimes translated “whenever” (NASB, ESV, NET).  Whenever you pray, forgive.  Part of our daily prayers is to reflect on the state of our relationships and see if we’re holding anything against anyone, and if so, let it go.  Make forgiveness part of your prayers…whenever you pray.  Forgive.  Let it go.

Second, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them.  Anything against anyone—that sounds pretty all inclusive.  Just like God has forgiven you all your sins (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 2:13-14), we are to forgive others all their sins.  Are you holding anything against anyone?  Forgive.  Let it go.

Third, so that your Father may forgive you your sins.  In other places (Matthew 6:12, 14-15, 18:21-35), Jesus made it clear that we are fully forgiven, but our forgiveness depends upon being willing to share it with others.  Refuse to forgive as you’ve been forgiven and you sacrifice your own forgiveness!  Ask yourself, “Is hanging on to this offense or grudge worth losing my own soul?”  No!   Forgive.  Let it go!

Today, I’m taking some time to pray and forgive every hurt and offense…for my own sake!

Prayer: Lord, show me if I’m holding anything against anyone, and help me to forgive them fully and freely as you’ve forgiven me.  Help me to let it go!