WEEK OF OCTOBER 25 - 31
Jesus didn’t ask you to forgive or to try to forgive – if you could. He commands here that when you stand praying, to forgive. Most people confuse forgiveness with emotions. “I know I’m supposed to forgive. But I can’t after what they did to me.” Or, “Yes, I’ve been working on forgiving him for years.”
Jesus said to forgive now, while you’re praying. Your prayer life depends on it. If you don’t forgive, Mark 11:26 says The LORD will not forgive you your trespasses.
Galatians 5:6 says that faith works by love: no love, no faith. And without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
The power to forgive is the same power that heals. We see this in the account in Mark 2:1-12, of the man, sick of the palsy, whose friends lowered him through a hole in the roof. Jesus said, “Which is easier to say to the paralytic: Your sins are forgiven you, ‘or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk?” (Verse 9)
Forgiveness is a tangible, spiritual force. It’s the Anointing of God – His burden-removing, yoke-destroying, mountain-moving power. It’s His power for healing and miracles, and it already abides inside your born-again spirit. God’s faith inside you is a force. Healing, love, and forgiveness are forces of God. When you refuse to forgive, brush off the Holy Spirit’s prompting, or just let the offense go without releasing forgiveness, you have choked off the very healing force you have been looking for to receive your healing.