Let It Go
By Min. DJ
"Whenever you stand up to pray, you must forgive what others have done to you. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins."
Mark 11:25 -26
Have you ever heard the phrase “forgive & forget”. Really annoying phrase isn’t it? “How am I supposed to forgive & forget?” “After what they did to me!” “First time – shame on you; second time – shame on me!” All of these thoughts may be swirling around in your head, but believe it or not, it is possible to forgive AND forget. But it’s not possible for you unless you do believe it.
Before we can talk about how to forgive, we need to talk about why you should forgive. It’s not because they deserve your forgiveness. It’s not because you owe it to them to forgive them. In fact your forgiving them is not for their benefit at all. It’s for your own. According to our text, you must forgive them in order to have your own prayers answered. Holding things against others only holds you back. It certainly isn’t holding them back.
"Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.."
When someone burns you, don’t clinch the coal in your fist vowing to never let go of what they did to you. You’re just prolonging your own pain. Drop it. Let it go. Only then will you begin to heal.
The word “forgive” means: to relieve a debtor of the duty to repay. Were they wrong? Yes. Do they owe you? Yes. But they couldn’t repay you even if they tried. That’s why Jesus paid the price for them. So now, you owe it to Jesus to forgive them like He forgave you. How? Just decide that they no longer owe you for what they did. “But I’m still upset.” So what. Release them from their debt. Decide to forgive them, regardless of how you may feel. The word “forget” means: to stop remembering or noticing. It doesn’t mean that you can’t remember. It simply means that you won’t remember. Decide to let it go, and God will hear and answer your prayers according to His Word! Amen!