"The God-Kind Of Love Forgives" Part 4
Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Sometimes I think people interpret this verse by saying that we are to forgive people only when they are kind to us. But that’s not what the bible says.
As I closed last week’s segment, I was sharing with you that “Faith Worketh by Love.” Now, let’s go back and take a look at my remarks; then, we will forge ahead from there.
When Jesus tells us in Mark 11: 23 and 24 that we can have what we say, we all rejoice and are thrilled with His words. And we should be. But that is not all that Jesus said about answered prayer.
Mark 11: 23 and 24 do not present the whole story on the subject of faith. For example, in Galatians 5: 6, the Bible has something else to say about faith. It says “Faith Worketh by Love.”
So, you won’t be able to get your faith to work for you if you’re not walking in love and forgiveness. I don’t care how many Biblical confessions you make or how Scriptural they are – your faith won’t work without the God-kind of love.
Now, pay attention to this point: You can make all the confessions you want, but they won’t work for you unless you forgive. You can get up every morning and go through your list, take time out at noon to make faith confessions, and even get up in the middle of the night and repeat the same confessions, and your faith still won’t work for you unless you’re walking in love.
You can make faith confessions like that for a hundred years, but your faith simply will not work in an atmosphere of unforgiveness. You see, believing you have your petition and confessing your faith with your mouth is only part of effective faith and receiving answers to prayer. In fact, Mark 11: 23 and 24 won’t work without Mark 11: 25: “And when you stand praying, FORGIVE …” Why won’t verses 23 and 24 work without verse 25? Because faith won’t work without love, and love forgives.
Notice that verse 25 begins with the word “And.” The word “and” is a conjunction. It joins what Jesus just finished saying to what He is about to say. Notice what Jesus had just said in Mark 11: 24: “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when YE PRAY ….” Jesus was talking about prayer. And He was still talking about how to make your faith effectual in verse 25 when He said, “When you stand PRAYING, if you have anything against anyone, FORGIVE.” When you pray, FORGIVE!
Why did Jesus say that? Because Jesus knew that if we have an air of unforgiveness about us, our prayers won’t be effectual. Faith only works by love (Gal. 5: 6).
Well, precious Saints of God, this is all the time I have for today. Next week I will conclude this very, very, important lesson, “The God-Kind of Love Forgives!”
Word for Today: "Communicate Your Vision"
What if a visitor or a Church member walks up to the people in your ministry with a CD recorder and randomly asks the people in your ministry to state the Mission or the Vision? I wonder what their response would be . Would they halt, be confused, or make erroneous statements? Sad to say, it has been my experience that the average person in ministry cannot articulate the Mission or the Vision of that ministry to a stranger. Here is my question for the day: “Have you communicated your Vision so clearly and frequently to the members of your Ministry that the average person you are leading can speak it plainly?” Communicate your Vision often.