Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NKJV)
No one wants to play a game and have disadvantages against himself. Every one of us want to get every advantage possible in both spiritual and natural things. Unforgiveness is a DISADVANTAGE. It gives SATAN an advantage over you. The scriptures tell us to FORGET what others have done to us and to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” This is an ADVANTAGE. In the past I have occasionally felt that I had a right to be unforgiving. But one day the Lord said to me, “Unforgiveness is a luxury you can’t afford. It is too expensive; it costs you your spiritual advantages.”
You will have already formed your victory for the day if you pray this prayer in the early morning, before your day begins: “Father, I forgive all people their trespasses before they EVEN trespass against me.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
With an act of our wills, we forgive those who trespass against us. We forgive with the forgiveness of Jesus. We forgive in the person of Jesus. We do not walk by feelings of forgiveness. We walk by faith and obedience to Your Word.
In Jesus’s Name,