February 15, 2017: Becoming a Radical Forgiver
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Dear <<First Name>>,

“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” Mark 11:25, NAS95.

In this single verse, Jesus makes the case for the most important activity anyone can be a part of, both from a blessing perspective and from a personal perspective. I think that sometimes we choose not to get this verse because it seems like Jesus got it wrong somehow. Let me explain. 

Jesus says, " that...your Father...will also forgive you. It is hard for us to conceive that our forgiveness is based upon anything but the work of the cross. We don't count the "conditional clause" of "so that" as part of the equation. We wonder, where is grace if we are responsible for forgiving others to receive it. 

Here is the point. A person who does not forgive has not received the grace of the Father, because... if one understands the magnitude of this gift of grace and has receive it, he could never stand before God in prayer and allow anyone to own his heart through unforgiveness. 

The only key to becoming a radical forgiver is to receive the grace of the Father's forgiveness for ourselves. Once we realize how much the Father did for us by sending Christ, we are never able to hold another hostage again. An unforgiving person has not truly received grace.

So, if you are tempted to keep "anything against anyone," look in the eyes of Jesus at the cross. He would never allow your sin to keep you from Him. We, as His children take up the same cause. The most important activity of our lives is not prayer, but spreading the grace of God to others through forgiveness.

Have a wonderful day.  



Pastor Stuart


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