releasing others

Mark 11:25, 26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any that your Father also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father, who is in heaven, forgive your trespasses.

Forgiveness is release of an “ought,” what is owed or an obligation. The obligation can be of what should have been done or the obligation can be of what shouldn’t have been done. In forgiveness we are releasing others from our:

1. PERSONAL JUDGMENT (we quit bringing the case before our mind to judge its wrong).

2. PERSONAL VENGEANCE (we quit making plans to avenge the wrong).

3. PERSONAL PREDICTIONS (we quit making predictions of what is going to happen because they wronged us).

Unforgiveness is a refusal to release. We may think we are making someone else pay for hurting us but in reality we are the ones who pay more. It hurts us more than the one we refuse to forgive as it becomes a device Satan uses that gives him an advantage over us (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11).

Psalm 130:3, 4 says, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”

Our Father doesn’t mark (attend to; preserve; reserve; save; keep) our iniquities. Our relationship to the Father couldn’t exist or continue without forgiveness from Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9). Keep in mind that it is a relationship between a Divine Perfect Being (God, our Father) and imperfect human beings (us), that it is only through forgiveness from Him, that our relationship is maintained.

What does that suggest about relationships between two imperfect human beings? In like manner, we need forgiveness if we ever hope to maintain our relationship to our mate, children, brothers, sisters, etc

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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