I am praying God’s 250 great and precious promises in the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation over my spouse, children, and loved ones. I’m on promise number 16. If you missed the others you can find them here. Join me in praying for your family and other loved ones.
Today’s promise is FORGIVENESS OF SINS. As a Christian, we know that the moment we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our sins are washed away and we are forgiven of our sins. Romans 10:9, “If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is LORD," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Just in this scripture alone, we receive salvation, redemption, and forgiveness. But as we live our daily lives even after we believe in Him, we are not exempt from others abusing us, defaming our character, offending us, and insulting us. For this devotion today, the focus is on being a Christian but carrying unforgiveness in your heart for someone else.
Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” and Mark 11:25 relates this promise to our praying, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” What an amazing promise the Lord is giving us; but, to receive this promise it comes with a sometimes hard to act upon condition we must do. We must forgive. We must forgive those who have sinned against us. For this prayer, I am going to focus on the word forgiveness. Forgiveness is not agreeing and approving what that person has done to you. Forgiving the person that has sinned against you, that has caused you pain, is the beginning of not being chained by what this person has done to you any longer. Forgiveness releases us from being shackled to this person any longer.
Forgiveness is defined by Webster’s dictionary as to stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake. In the Bible, Jesus is saying forgiveness is to send away, to expire, to let go, to disregard, stop discussing it, to give up a debt, to remit/cancel a debt or punishment, to leave in order to go to another place. God has this promise available to us so we can live the fullness of what we were created for on this earth. Isn’t it true, if we hold on to unforgiveness, our minds get taken over by negative thoughts toward the person who hurt us? Unforgiveness makes us constantly rehearse the hurt in our minds, rehearse retaliation, rehearse telling that person off, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. That’s what unforgiveness does, it handcuffs us to this person, ties our thought life to this person, it keeps stirring up the hurt, it keeps us immobilized and we end up wasting too much time on this person. So what do we do? We forgive that person. But how? Forgiveness is intentional. The times I had to forgive someone who hurt me, I had to recognize all the time I spent rehearsing what that person had done to me. I had to recognize all the days I thought about telling that person off. Unforgiveness is a consumer. It consumes our time and devours our energy whereas we could be using that time and energy towards the plans and purposes God has for us. Remember, when you forgive a person who has wounded you, you are rising up straight and strong and saying “You can no longer control my emotions! You can no longer have any part of me anymore! I am breaking this invisible shackle you have had on me! I am releasing you to the Lord and I will let Him take care of you! I am free of you! I am free!” That is what forgiveness does. It frees you to let the Lord usher you into His destiny, plans, and purposes for you on this earth. And isn’t this something we want our spouse, children and other loved ones to experience?
Father, I thank You for the promise of forgiveness of sins. Thank You that I do not have to be shackled and chained to (name the person that wounded you) any longer. I am deciding today this person will no longer hold my thoughts captive to this wound. I choose to praise You and call out the name of Jesus in the moments my mind wants to rehearse what they have done against me. I am letting this wrongdoing go and choosing to forgive them. I do not agree with what they did and I am not saying it is ok because it was wrong but I choose forgiveness because I want to be free, I want to live life in abundance as You have planned me to live. I want to walk in the fullness of the plans and purposes You have for me. I do not want to hinder You forgiving me of any sins I may do. Lord, I want this for my spouse and child/ren as well. I hold them up to You and ask You to bring to light any unforgiveness in their hearts. Lead them to forgive anybody they are holding unforgiveness towards. I know, as our child/ren walk through life, there will be classmates and other people who will offend them, hurt them, or try to insult them. Help my spouse and I teach our child/ren and show them how to forgive the people who do wrong towards them so they will not hinder You forgiving them of their sins and they will not live their life being weighted down by what others have done to them. Lord, if my spouse is being weighted down by a wrong someone has done to them, I stand in the gap for my spouse. Lead my spouse into forgiveness for this person. I thank You the enemy has no power over my spouse’s mind. I thank You that my spouse will choose to forgive this person and not carry unforgiveness in their heart. Thank You, Lord, my spouse will forgive this person and be set free from these shackles once and for all. Thank You, Lord, for the promise of when we forgive others who have sinned against us, You forgive our sins. I believe all I just prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Hello and Welcome!
Wife, Mother, Adoption Advocate, Writer
Who am I? Galatians 2:20 does a great job of summing up who I am. My life is His, the One who loves me and gave Himself for me . In return, I want to be all He wants me to be and do all He wants me to do on this side of Heaven.
Recipient of the Angels in Adoption Award 2016. A program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington D.C.