Forgive From Your Heart
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Forgive From Your Heart

Mark 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” 

Forgiveness is tough. It’s one of the hardest things we’re called to do. Unforgiveness is one of the major schemes of the enemy to destroy a believer’s life. He sees a wound in the heart and begins his work to drive a wedge between brothers. Unforgiveness and bitterness directly affect our relationship with God.
Our horizontal relationships must be a priority in order to have a right vertical relationship with God. Forgiveness is not denying the offense happened. Rather, forgiveness is a choice we make to release that hurt and move on.  Bitterness is a trap for the offended more than for the offender.  Most times, the offender isn’t even aware he or she has offended. But the battle is in the heart of the offended one and it is their responsibility to forgive, to release, and to love.
Be on guard – be vigilant when an offense comes. You must forgive!

Posted by Heart of God Israel on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

John Daugherty

I’m a congregational leader of a messianic congregation in Tucson AZ. I love Yeshua (Jesus) with everything I’ve got!–or at least that’s my goal! I’m consumed with spreading His fame around the globe and seeing His Name on the lips of every tongue, tribe, nation and people group.

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