February 21

A Forgiving Heart

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"Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].  [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]
Mark 11:25-26

The forgiveness requirement is huge in God's Eyes.  It's not an option like some conclude.  Of course, we know pain from being called bad names doesn't feel good or thinking that someone you love is deceiving you, let alone finding out that it's true.  But, guess what?  If you are born again and love Christ, what hurts even more...is hurting Him.  Some aren't aware that God can be hurt too, because they don't have relationship with Him and they view Him as some figure in the sky with no feelings.  Let's look at it in Scripture.  Ephesians 4:30-31 (TPT) tells us, "the Holy Spirit of God has sealed you in Jesus Christ until you experience your full salvation. So never grieve the Spirit of God or take for granted his holy influence in your life."  
I like the way The Passion Translation renders this verse plainly.  Did you notice what it says..."so never grieve the Spirit of God,"  If it weren't so, the Bible wouldn't say it was.

Forgiving is a part of GOD'S Nature, so anyone born of God refuses to practice sin.  1 Peter 1:23 tells us, "for you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God."  This means when we were born again, our spirits were transformed in the Spirit; we were renewed by the incorruptible Seed, Christ Jesus.  This birth is different from when came into the world.  That seed is in comparable and is a perishable one; it was supplanted (that birth and seed) when we were born of God.  This reality changes everything.  Hallelujah!

Don't let pain keep you in a dark place or carry you there.  God brought us out of darkness to live in His Light, Christ Jesus (1 Peter 1:23).  What you feel may be justifiable, indeed; but not a bad response.  Bad actions like not being a forgiving person born of God cannot be justified.  Take this into account, everyone does not serve Christ.  This is what we must discern and differentiate to understand "who" reigns in the heart of another.

For Further Study (click any scripture to read)

Proverbs 21:23Proverbs 25:11Proverbs 17:27Proverbs 12:18Psalm 19:14;
Matthew 12:36Romans 10:10James 3:3-6

Prayer

Father, we pray for the person reading this prayer, You know who they are Father, that the eyes of their understanding increase with the Knowledge of Your Glory, filling their bodies the Light of Christ; that pain and painful thoughts, even as they read this prayer, leaves their bodies and their minds by the Power of the Holy Spirit.  Yes, God!  We declare, Grace is reigning in their lives forevermore, in Jesus' Name!  Hallelujah!

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