Unforgiveness: A Killer of Our Faith

One of the greatest things Jesus ever said is found in Mark 11:23-24, and I have taught on it many times. However, He didn’t stop talking there. He went on to talk about something that can keep our answers from coming. It has to do with unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is a killer of our faith.

 

If you and I don’t forgive, then Jesus said the Father won’t be able to forgive us. What a powerful and sobering statement. The Word of God has much to say about forgiving. We are forgiven of our sin by believing in Jesus. What we do with forgiveness either releases or stifles our faith. Jesus told us offense or opportunities to be offended will come. The Bible tells us what to do in Colossians 3:13 “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” We are supposed to really resolve our issues with our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible teaches us in Matthew 18:15 to go to them and work it out.

 

We must take this so seriously because if we don’t learn to forgive others, our faith will not work. In Matthew 18:21 Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone. Peter then offered an answer and offered what he thought was a lot and said seven times? I am with Peter. I think that is more than enough. But the Lord said 490! What! How is that possible? It is not humanly possible, but with the Love of God shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost, you can do it. Love and forgiveness is a choice. What Jesus was saying is live in forgiveness. Live in love. Your Heavenly Father does towards you.

 

One of the most powerful scriptures about how faith works is found in Galatians 5:6. It says in the Amplified, “For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.”   Our faith works through love. This is always two-fold to me. First, our faith works when we find out how much God loves us. He loves us so much He sent Jesus, and if He sent Jesus, what would He ever withhold from us? Then our faith works by us walking in love. If we are holding unforgiveness, our faith cannot work. It just can’t work! Why? Because faith is activated, energized, expressed, and works through love. Don’t let unforgiveness keep you from your answers.

Pastor Mark Garver