“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 (NKJV)
When we pray the Lord’s prayer, it says that we will be forgiven our trespasses IF we forgive other. One morning the Lord spoke to me about a certain situation and asked me to forgive someone. I said, “Lord, I have forgiven that person at least 500 times. My forgiveness is just about worn out.”
God answered, “No, your forgiveness never wears out because MY forgiveness never wears out. When I forgave you, it was by My grace. You received My grace. Now the grace that forgave you also lives in you, and you can forgive with the same grace.”
His words were such a blessing. I immediately began to forgive this person—not with my own forgiveness—but with the forgiveness that comes from God’s mercy. In faith I forgave. And in faith I was forgiven. Now when I pray early in the morning, I just say, “Lord, I forgive anyone who has ever hurt me—even before they do it!”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Show us the victory of being a forgiving people. Show us the victory and Your power of forgiveness in our lives.
In Jesus’s Name,