I was recently reading from Mark 11:22-25, which is related to this topic. The passage starts off with a bang: “Have faith in God.” We can have faith in God that his promises are true, that he does not lie.
As I read on in the passage, Jesus said that if we simply believe and refuse to doubt, we can move a mountain. Now, Jesus is not encouraging us to try and move large objects. His point is that mountains can move in our lives when we pray according to his will, purpose and plan. And when we pray, he said, we should do so with confidence.
Jesus then warns us of an ever-present danger that will hinder our prayers of faith: unforgiveness. He says that if we are praying and are reminded of someone we need to forgive, we should stop praying and forgive that person immediately. We are to do whatever it takes to forgive that individual. Other related passages say that we are to go to the offending (or offended) person and make things right.
Jesus is saying that God’s will is for us to freely offer forgiveness to others, just as God has offered it to us. Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” It may take a great deal of faith for us to release someone through forgiveness. This may be the mountain that you must move.
If we carry unforgiveness, it is we who suffer. Our relationship with God suffers. Our relationship with others also becomes strained because of the latent anger within us.
Is God revealing someone whom you need to forgive? Don’t bury it or put it off. Instead:
- Have faith in God.
- Consider those whom you have not forgiven.
- Confess them to yourself and to God.
- Tell God about your hurts and release them to him.
- Personally receive God’s grace and forgiveness.
- Verbalize your forgiveness to God for those who offended you.
- Release yourself and the one who offended you.
God will not judge us for where we are, but for what we refuse to become.
Imagine the possibilities!