Pastors Stephen
& Carolyn Prescod

"The God-Kind Of Love Forgives" Part 5

What is the God—kind of love?  The God-kind of love is full of kindness, and it is tenderhearted.  Since God love is kind and tenderhearted, it is always ready to forgive.

 

Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, even as God for Christ’s sake  hath forgiven you.”  Sometimes I think people interpret this verse by saying that we are to forgive people only when they are kind to us.  But that’s not what the bible says.

 

As I closed last week’s segment I was sharing with you that “When we pray we must FORGIVE.”  Now, let’s go back and take a look at my remarks, then we will conclude this series. 

 

 Notice that Mark 11: 25 begins with the word “And.”  The word “and” is a conjunction.  It joins what Jesus just finished saying to what He is about to say.  Notice what Jesus had just said in Mark 11: 24:  “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when YE PRAY ….”  Jesus was talking about prayer.  And He was still talking about how to make your faith effectual in verse 25 when He said, “When you stand PRAYING, if you have anything against anyone, FORGIVE.” 

When you pray FORGIVE

Why did Jesus say that?  Because Jesus knew that if we have an air of unforgiveness about us, our prayers won’t be effectual.  Faith only works by love (Gal. 5: 6). 

Now if Jesus had just said, “When you stand praying, you’ll have your petition,” we’d all have it made.  But He didn’t stop there.  He said that when we stand praying, we have to do something. What do we have to do?  If we have aught (or anything) against anyone, we have to forgive. 

This great truth bears repeating:  Prayer and faith won’t work when there is an air of unforgiveness about you!  And unforgivenessis what has so many people stymied in their faith and prayer life. 

Whether you realize it or not, lack of compassion and unwillingness to forgive others are the things that hinder us from receiving from God and from growing spiritually.  Unforgiveness will hinder us from being what God wants us to be and from being who God wants us to be. 

Mark 11: 25, Jesus said, “When you stand praying, forgive if you have aught against anyone.”  The word “aught” means any kind of grudge or ill will or wrong feeling about anyone at all.  That means a little grudge, a middle-size grudge or a big grudge – anything at all against another person. 

God’s Word works, but you have to be a doer of God’s word before it will work for you.  Part of being a doer of God’s Word is to forgive others and to forgive yourself too. 

It’s believing, acting on, and confessing God’s Word that makes it work for you.  You can’t act on the word and be a doer of God’s Word if you aren’t willing to forgive.  It’s absolutely impossible. 

So, learn to forgive so you can receive God’s best in your life.  Practice what Paul did.  Forget those things which are behind and “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14. 

Dearly beloved, I pray that this series has been a blessing to you as it is to me.  Put what we have shared with you into practice, and you will do great things in the Kingdom of God.

 

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Word for Today:  "Word of Life" 

In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “We are justified by our words, or, we are condemned by our words.”  They can bring either happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student.  The Bible describes the power of words more succinctly when it says, “The power of life and death are in the tongue.”  Our words impact everyone.  Question, “Are you maximizing the effectiveness as a leader by choosing words of life?”