MARK 11:25 NKJ
25 "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything
against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may
also forgive you your trespasses.
Forgiveness is a choice — not a feeling. Your feelings may not
change while you are praying, but you can choose to forgive at
any time. It does not take long to make a choice.
How long does it take to forgive? How long can you stand and
Jesus never said anything about the person deserving
forgiveness. Nor did He say to forgive only after they asked
Anytime you talk to God, Jesus said to forgive if you had
anything against anyone. That would include people who hurt you
without even realizing they hurt you. Even people who were
still trying to hurt you. "Anyone" in this verse includes
everyone, no matter what their attitude may be.
Why should you forgive them? Not because they deserve it. But
because of the harm it will cause you if you don't forgive.
Unforgiveness acts like a poison inside you. The reason you are
to forgive others is because God has forgiven you, and He asks
you to forgive them.
Jesus indicates there is something about us refusing to forgive
others that hinders our relationship with God and the free flow
of blessings God desires for us to receive.
I understand that forgiving someone who horribly wronged you is
not easy, especially if they are not even sorry for what they
did. But Jesus makes it clear that you have no real option. You
MUST forgive if you want God's forgiveness. I need not tell you
how vital that is.
If Jesus appeared to you right now and asked you face-to-face
to forgive someone who hurt you — would you do it for Him? We
should respect Jesus' Word just as much as we would respond to
Jesus appearing to us face-to-face.
SAY THIS: I forgive and release everyone who has ever hurt me.