BUT I’M RIGHT & THEY’RE WRONG

But I'm Right & They're Wrong

 

Jesus made forgiveness an important part of the life of faith.  Faith works by love, and forgiveness is an ex­pres­sion and release of that love.  We can’t make it through this life with­out God’s forgiveness for us, but Jesus said in Mark 11:25, 26, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

 

Someone said to me one time in the midst of their conflict, “I’m not going to forgive them, I’m right, and they’re wrong.” They were unwilling to forgive, they wouldn’t yield, or even talk to the person to try to reconcile.  I said, “Well imagine you are driving down the road on the right side of a two lane road and a huge 18 wheel tractor trailer truck crosses over in your lane headed toward you. You’re right and he is wrong but what will happen if you don’t yield? A huge wreck and possibly a fatality will occur.”  They let go of their offense. Here are eight reasons why you might want to think about yielding, though you may be right, and why it’s in your best interest to learn to forgive:

 

  1. It blocks the release of God’s forgiveness in your own life (Mark 11:25, 26.)
  2. It puts you in a prison of torment (Matthew 5:25, 26; 18:32‑35).
  3. It gives Satan an advantage over you (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11).
  4. It opens you up to physical trouble (Proverb 11:17).
  5. It can cause you in anger to say things that lead to judgment (Matthew 5:22).
  6. It reduces your spiritual walk to a natural one (1 Corinthians 3:1‑3).
  7. Its bitter roots can make you mean and mad (Ephesians 4:31).
  8. It hinders prayer (Psalm 66:18) and giving (1 Corinthians 13:3), or it hinders whatever you offer to God (Matthew 5:24).
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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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