Last week we looked at those who show mercy receive mercy. It came from a series that I did entitled “Why Do I Have to Do that?” There are things that the Lord requires us to do that are not fun and as a matter of fact our flesh does not want to do. I don’t want to show mercy all the time. Sometimes I would like God to get them; but if I live with that attitude and I display that attitude, it actually will hinder the Lord from showing me mercy.
The next thing I want to minister to you is similar. We must forgive people. We don’t just forgive those we want to forgive or those who are worthy of forgiveness, but we forgive any and all. Why do we have to do that? I don’t want to do that, but if I want my faith to work, I must do that.
Mark 11:23-24 are famous scriptures that Jesus spoke that tells us how to receive the promises of God and tells us how to remove the mountains out of our lives, but Jesus didn’t stop there. He kept going with His thought of how to receive the things we need and how to have our words work. He said we had to forgive. While you are praying you and I must forgive any that we have trouble with. Galatians 5:6 says that our faith works by love. If you and I do not walk in forgiveness, then we are not walking in love and our faith will not work.
Forgiving people is for you. If you don’t forgive, many things will start happening to you. You will develop a root of bitterness, which will choke out the Word of God in your life and keep you from producing the God fruit He has for you. You will begin to defile which is defined as “to rape” other people. Your unforgiveness, which turns into bitterness, begins to hurt others because you sow seeds of discord among the brethren. This is serious stuff. This unforgiveness can even turn into hatred. In I John 2:8-11 it tells us this hate puts you into darkness. Your eyes become blinded and the revelation of God and His Word stops flowing. Unforgiveness is a cancer and it must be dealt with in all our lives. You have to deal with it. Don’t live another day in unforgiveness with anyone.
What you can do is begin to pray for those who despitefully used you. This is not you saying what they did to you was right or ok. No, it is keeping you free from being the victim twice. They did something and now you are doing something and literally keeping God from being able to help you. Romans 12:17-21 and Proverbs 25:21-22 tell us to heap coals of fire upon their head of the one who harmed us. This is often misunderstood as a “God, get them” scripture when really it is a “God, help them” scripture. It is the picture of the High Priest and the Mercy seat where the coal is placed which causes a smoke and aroma to go up from the Mercy seat so that God can deal with that person favorably. You do your part and pray for them and then let God do his part. You forgive them and let God bless you