The Release of The SPIRIT
Paul spoke of “faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6), or in other words, our love towards others demonstrates our faith. Then in Ephesians 4:3, Paul calls us to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” The life of the Spirit and unity with one another go together—and both are miracles.
Unfortunately, the enemy works to divide us, making that “every effort” Paul speaks of so necessary to maintaining our unity. It is easy to get hurt in church. We tend to have high expectations for one another, and we work closely enough together that we can get on each other’s nerves. Or we end up fighting over personal preferences rather than the Christ-centered essentials of the church. Bitterness and un-forgiveness set in, and the enemy scores a victory.
Jesus said in Mark 11:25 that when we stand in the place of prayer, we first need to forgive one another. Few things are more toxic to our spiritual lives and our prayer lives than un-forgiveness. Jesus finished Mark 11:25 with “so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Our very relationship with God is at stake here. Forgiving also frees us. In the words of William Klassen, “Forgiveness denies the destructive elements of our past from having power over our present.” Forgiving people is not necessarily trusting them or minimizing the wrong done, but it is letting go and moving on, free to live and free to seek God.
Pray the Scriptures:
Mark 11:24, 25
Search your heart and ask God to reveal any un-forgiveness you hold toward another. Confess that un-forgiveness and walk away from it. If you need to make amends with someone, do so quickly.
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? (Micah 7:18)”