“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
Forgiveness is an integral part of our relationship with Christ. The forgiveness of our sins was sealed by the death of Christ on the cross; the ultimate sign of Gods’ love for us (John 15:13). In the same way that forgiveness brings us into a relationship with Christ, unforgiveness can be a wall keeping us from living the life Christ wants us to live. Unforgiveness can lead to bitterness and anger toward another person. Each time you let bitterness in, the wall of unforgiveness is built one brick higher. Eventually, the wall gets so large that even if you want to forgive and move on, it feels like you can’t. You see no way around the wall that dominates your emotions. Jesus says in Mark 11:25, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” I think as human beings, this is one of the biggest areas of struggle we all face. Think about the feelings you have when someone has done something to hurt you. The list of hurts can go on and on. Eventually, when we move past the hurt, our pride can keep us from forgiving them. You may feel that it is their responsibility to ask for forgiveness from you. After all, they are the one who hurt you in the first place. However, this is not what Christ said. He says it is our responsibility to forgive them. Colossians 3:13 and Matthew 6:15 tell us the same thing, forgive others their sins, so that your own can be forgiven. Is unforgiveness keeping you from living the life Christ wants you to live? Christ can help you tear down that wall. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prater, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Ask Christ to help you take down the walls of unforgiveness in your life. He wants to help you remove any obstacles that keeping you from living the life He has planned for you.