Topic: Forgive Others
[DCLM Daily Manna 22 September 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: Mark 11:11-27 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive your trespasses“ (Mark 11:25).
A Christian once said to another believer who pleaded for forgiveness, “I have forgiven you but I will never forget”. This is the state of many believers who profess they had obtained forgiveness from the Lord and love Him.
Our text teaches some aspects of the Christian life which is altogether anchored on forgiveness so as to be acceptable before God. No amount of prayers, service or gift, which does not come from a forgiving heart, can be accepted by God.
A believer who prays while bearing grudges is likened to a fig tree sprouting leaves and bearing no fruit. Real prayer of faith dismantles pride and vengeance, but seeks peace. The believer’s body, like the temple, which Jesus cleansed in Jerusalem, is the temple of the Holy Spirit and must not harbour bitterness, anger, hatred, grudges and vengefulness. These are spiritual poisons that defile the believer and God’s congregation.
For churches to bear required fruits, there must be forgiveness and harmony among believers. We must be united by the true love of God. Perhaps, you have allowed the deadly spiritual poison of unforgiveness in your life, you should repent, ask God to give you the grace to forgive others and be determined not to bear grudges or harbour hatred any longer.
Thought For The Day: Let go of offences and forgive others.
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