INSPIRING THE CHURCH | DAY 12.

AUTHOR: Rob

‘For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.’ (Matthew 6:14
NIV)

In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for
example, without also forgiving others. As hard as it might be to forgive someone who has wronged you, you’re
actually helping yourself more than them by doing so. Some people may see it as unfair and undeserved that they
should offer this gift of forgiveness.

Maybe you are that wronged child that has been abandoned by your father. Perhaps someone has done something
so unspeakable to you that it cuts deeper than a sword. If you’re holding onto the bitterness, resentment or a feeling
of abandonment then it will only hold you back in your life and prevent you from receiving the abundant blessing
and favour that God has for you. This may feel like an unthinkable and impossible task for you to do, but In Mark 11:
22-26 Jesus is so matter-of-fact: ‘Embrace this God Life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This
mountain, for instance: Just say “Go jump in the lake – no shilly-shallying – and it’s as good as done.”’
Don’t spend your life focusing on the past and letting your hurts and insecurities dictate your future. Isaiah 43: 18-19
tells us to, ‘Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do
something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the
Badlands.’

Here are three simple steps to help you on this road to forgiveness: Decide: Don’t wait until you feel like it to forgive,
take a stance and make a bold decision to forgive. Forgive quickly – the quicker you do it, the easier it will be.
Depend: Don’t try to do this on your own. As Jesus breathed on his disciples, allow yourself to receive the Holy Spirit
so you can forgive those that have hurt you most. Obey: We need to continue to obey God’s direction and commands
in terms of forgiveness. In order to make sure you are obedient, pray for the person who has wronged you, continually
speak well of them in your heart and remind yourself you have forgiven them.
As a challenge today, let’s choose to forgive someone who has wronged us or hurt us. Let’s pray for them and ask
God to open their hearts and favour them. Let’s see what God will do when we take this huge step and open the flood
gates to receive his abundant blessings.