Day 15

Let It Go

By Min. DJ

Mark 11:25

All of us have been hurt at sometime or another in our lives. Every single one of us has been done wrong by somebody. And when someone does you wrong, you have a right to be angry…don’t you? Of course you do! And you have a right to be angry as long as you want to be, right? WRONG – at least not if you’re a Christian. You see, when you are “saved”, it means that you allow God to rescue you from your sins through Jesus Christ. And we all needed to be rescued because the payback for sin is death. Have you ever done anybody wrong? What about God – have you ever done Him wrong? Of course you have. We all have. That’s why we needed to be “saved”, or rescued from the consequences of our sins.

When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the price for all of the wrong we’ve done, including the wrong that was done to you. So you cannot accept Jesus’ death as payment for your own sins without accepting His death as the payment for others sins as well. “They were wrong!” Yes. “They deserve to pay!” Yes, in fact they deserve to die for what they did, but…so do you. Jesus died in your place and theirs. You have to forgive. “But what if they never apologized?” Doesn’t matter, you have to forgive them. Forgiveness is based on the character of the forgiver, not the forgiven. Just imagine if God waited until all of humanity said “sorry” before he sent Jesus. Thank God He didn’t. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

You must forgive and you must forgive now, right now, before you pray for anything else. You’re not doing the other person a favor by forgiving them. You’re doing yourself a favor. God can’t answer your prayers while you are harboring unforgiveness in your heart. Don’t let unforgiveness keep you from receiving the total fulfillment of God’s promises.

"I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you'll get God's everything. 25And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it's not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive--only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” (Message)