Monday - October 24, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Mark 11:20-33
There was once a man who had been wronged. He spoke to a minister and said, “I will never be able to forgive them for what they have done to me!” The minister then replied “Well then, I hope you never sin.”
We have all been offended in ways that are very difficult to forgive, much less forget. However, if we want Christ to forgive us of our sins, then we must make sure we strive to forgive others. Jesus said, “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). Try to imagine all the times you have committed the same sin over and over again, and then prayed for God’s forgiveness. We cannot expect God to do something, yet be unwilling to do ourselves.
Application: Why would He be willing to forgive us if we are reluctant to forgive others? That should give us something to think about before we refuse forgiveness to others.