Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 79/260: Read Mark 11

Forgiveness is so very important. Without forgiveness, we are lost in sin. Did you know that God’s forgiveness is available to all men? Here’s the thing, though: if we are not willing to forgive those who have done us wrong, God will not forgive us.

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you your trespasses.”

Forgiveness is dependent on repentance; if you do not repent, God will not forgive. He is willing to forgive, though. The same must be true of us.

Whether someone asks for our forgiveness or not, we must be willing to forgive. Even if they never repent, we must be willing to forgive. It’s not easy, but it’s important.

Jesus, hanging on the cross in physical and emotional anguish, said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Some of them never repented, but Jesus still had the attitude of forgiveness.

Have you ever held a grudge for a much lesser offense? Commit yourself to develop an attitude of forgiveness, regardless of another’s desire to get right.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Mark 9:50. “Salt is ___________, but if the ___________ loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have ___________ in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”

Pray

Pray for those who have sinned against you, and pray for forgiveness of your own sins.

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