choose to forgive

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

We can’t make it through this life without God’s forgiveness for us and the same applies for our relationships with others. If our relationship with God, which is between a Divine being and a human being, requires forgiveness, how much more is forgiveness required between two human beings. Human beings make mistakes and fall short of the glory of God. In the midst of personal conflict it’s not always so easy nor do we always feel like forgiving. Forgiveness, though, is by choice not feelings. We can either choose to forgive or choose not to forgive, but our “will” in involved in both. When people offend us, we will have to forgive, most of the time, not because we feel like it, but from our heart because because we decide to Matt. 18:35. The reality is:
1. Our “will” can go towards choosing to release or forgive.
2. Our “will” can go towards choosing to not release or unforgiveness.

When our will goes toward choosing to not forgive it gives satan an advantage over us (2 Corinthians 2:10-11). Satan, the one who seduces, sifts, beguiles, oppresses, deceives, torments, entices, tempts, hinders, confuses, binds, afflicts, buffets, blinds, devours, lies, vexes, takes captive, possesses, deceives, is given an advantage (exploit us; have more of us). Unforgiveness is a satanic device that opens the door or gives place to the devil to harm us even more. I think I’d rather forgive.The power and grace to forgive comes from God but the choice to forgive comes from us. Make the choice and experience His power and grace.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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