Part of the series: “Staying Focused on What God Says About Your Life”
Day 3: Forgiveness is Key!
Mark 11:25-26 – And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 18:21-22 – … “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven time, but up to seventy times seven.”
What in the world does forgiveness have to do with focus? The goal of 30 days of focus is to actually bring about a change of some sort, something you are believing God for. That means you must be praying for that desired outcome, right?
Mark 11:25 says “whenever you stand praying… forgive”. To me that can only mean forgiveness is a key to a successful prayer life. Why else would it have been mentioned there?
Unforgiveness is a burden. It’s a load, a huge set of baggage that we unnecessarily drag around behind us. It’s a waste of energy that accomplishes nothing. Unforgiveness is only useful to Satan as one of the tools he uses to keep us from victory.
I imagine unforgiveness like this. Picture in your mind, with every hurt and offense that comes your way, you get a pebble. Just one pebble for each offense. Just one pebble for each hurt. You could choose to put the pebble down by forgiving the offense. But you don’t forgive, you carry each one of them. Over the months, you’ll have quite a collection. Over the years, you’re probably going to need a sack the size of Santa Claus’ to carry all those pebbles! Unless, of course, you just put those pebbles down by forgiving each and every hurt and offense that comes your way.
Forgiveness is a choice. It’s as simple as saying:
“I chose to forgive <insert name here> of <insert issue here>.”
Period. End of story. If the feelings of unforgiveness come back to mind, you just repeat the above as a stated fact:
“I’ve forgiven ___________ of ____________ that may prayers are not hindered and my Father forgives me of any wrongs.”
Sometimes unforgiveness hides in the form of guilt. Don’t let guilt or unforgiveness hold you back. Face it head on and tell Satan he can’t hold that over you anymore because you’re choosing to forgive, as often as it takes, yes, even up to seventy times seven for EACH ISSUE! You’ll walk in victory every time.
Today, take time out to check yourself. Are you holding unforgiveness against anyone? Sometimes the person you’re hardest on is yourself. Drop that unforgiveness baggage so you can focus and run toward that goal to victory!