Friday - October 14, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Mark 11:15-25
Forgiveness is hard! It may very well be one of the hardest things associated with our faith. Somewhere down the line, all of us have had trouble forgiving someone who has wronged us. We may say the words, “I forgive you," but we continue to store feelings of pain and anger.
The fact is that forgiveness is not easy. Speaking the words is only the beginning. It is something for which we have to work, pray and force ourselves to put into practice. Why? Because if we are not willing to forgive others, why should God be willing to forgive us?
When Jesus began to teach the disciples to pray, He added, “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you and your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). Think about all the times you have failed God. If you’re like me, you continue to do the same things over and over again. If God is willing to forgive me over and over and over again without fail, then why can’t I? We must forgive! If we are unable to forgive, we lose everything!
Application: Have you “really” forgiven someone or some wrong doing in the past?