The Holy Spirit has pressed upon me not to move so quickly from this subject of forgiveness and no forgiveness. Here in Mk.11:25-26, Jesus instructed His disciples that they must have a spirit of forgiveness. Not to forgive is like cancer eating at the body which caused it to rot away. He had foreseen difficult days ahead for them. He knew they needed this type of spirit to move forward as His disciples in the midst of persecution. During His trial they punished Him beyond human bounds. More than anyone had been before. Yet He asked His Father to forgive them because they knew not what they did. The idea is, the disciples were headed down this same road, He went down. So He wanted them prepare, to face fierce persecution. When they are punished beyond human bounds, then they are to stand and pray for their enemy’s forgiveness. It is a powerful lesson we need to practice as Christians,
Furthermore, we are encouraged to forgive our enemies. More powerful than that, we are instructed to forgive our love ones, who might have deserted us in a relationship. This might be difficult for some, because forgiveness is difficult to do, in those situations. The fact is, many emotions have been invested; it may play a role in our forgiveness. The idea of forgiving someone, who has betrayed us is foreign. This is exactly what Jesus did with Judas. There is a text in Psalm 41:9 which reference the night Jesus was betrayed. He said, “Yea, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” If the Son of man was betrayed, then we should not think it as something strange that we are betrayed. We need to always beware of unresolved forgiveness in our lives so we can forgive and heal.
In addition, it is medicine for the soul to forgive others and be forgiven by them. For us to be effective ministers of the Gospel, we must forgive! This is essential for our souls to be cleansed by the Spirit of forgiveness. It is a vital part of His ministry to convict us of a non forgiven issue in our lives. There’s the old adage Which people says, “I can forgive but not forget” it maybe true or not, but the issue is do they bring a hurtful issue up from time to time? We are aware an injury had occurred which precipitates an act of forgiveness. And pouring salt, however, on an old wound does not heals correctly. As Christians, we posses medicine, in the power of the Holy Spirit ,for those who are wounded one way or another, because we are to minister to their hurts. They may have been placed in our path for that purpose, and failure to act could be catastrophic.
Finally, we must be mindful that we have been forgiven. This should motivate all of us to be about forgiving. It is so vitally important, we never forget our past state prior to salvation. Which we were doing things that were unseemly. Most us may have had a hurtful spirit, but we might have not been aware of because we thought we were treating people the way we wanted to be treated. Any case it was not the way God wanted us to treat them. We have developed a law unto ourselves. In fact, He said, “The Gentiles who were without a law made to themselves a law unto themselves in their conscience.” We all know holding a grudge is not healthy for anyone because It will destroy you more than it destroy them. It is like gangrene which eats your flesh from the inside out. The only way you can rid yourself of this dreadful disease is to amputate the infected part. The same way this disease eats away at your flesh is the same way unresolved forgiveness eats away at your heart. Furthermore, It takes a radical procedure to rid yourself of gangrene thus it must be with a spirit of non-forgiveness a flesh eating disease of the heart. Rid yourself of this disease and forgive!