Forgiveness begets forgiveness
Focus: Mark 11:25 - KJV
25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
The life that man lives on earth is such that the enemy seeks constantly to deceive him that he may offend God. Even the most careful of men is not free from such deception. It is only by the help of Christ that we are able to overcome. And since sin bars answer to prayer, many pray and do so amiss for one very crucial factor, forgiveness of others who had hurt them at one time or the other. The sin we commit is about hurting God. We hurt God more on a continual basis than any individual can hurt us in a lifetime. God is willing and ready to forgive our sin every time we approach Him with Godly sorrow as against worldly sorrow which has no good intention. Since sin insulates and prevents God from hearing our prayers, we need first to get forgiven of our sin before our prayers could be answered. Incidentally, since life is about sowing and reaping, we are expected to sow forgiveness to reap greater forgiveness from the Lord. It follows that those who refuse to forgive others of the minor ‘sin’, cannot be deserving of forgiveness in the major sin they committed against God. That is the point Christ has made to us.
Who is that person you have refused to forgive and what exactly is the sin that he has committed against you that makes you so adamant in letting go? Can his sin be compared to yours against God? If it is not greater than yours against God, please let go now. It sounds terrible but your way of escape is in calling the fellow now and showing the past is gone. If your requests from God must ascend to Him at all, you need to first settle that. And now is the best time to do it.
SOLUTION: Make a list of those you may have issues with and call each of them, relating with them like old times clearing your heart of all grudge. Then call on God to forgive you of your past mistakes. If you then require any other thing, you may list them to God.
From this day henceforth, every prayer you make to God shall receive positive response in Jesus’ name. You will not have cause to linger in the place of prayer because of lack of response again in Jesus’ name. God will settle your case now in Jesus’ name. But you must forgive.