Who have you not forgiven today? Stop right now and ask Holy Spirit, is there anyone who I hold unforgiveness towards? What name comes to mind right now? That is the name that causes great pain, hurt, anger, resentment, hatred or all of the above in your heart. You may even say “Lord I forgave that person a long time ago” Maybe you cannot even say this person’s name. I would venture to say that if the Lord brought that name up that you have not forgiven that person yet, because if you had then the Lord would not have brought that name up ……. Right? So praise God that He did bring a name up and Praise God that He didn’t bring a name up.
25 “And whenever you stand praying, qif you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 4But rif you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26 NJKV Matthew 18:34-35 (NKJV)34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother 7his trespasses.”
Here is the part that really gets me. If you do not forgive …… You will be turned over to the tormentors. So how does that taste?
Mark 11:25 (NLT)25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.*” 21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone* who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!* 18:21-22 NLT That is 490 times if you did that in one day, you would forgive that person every 2.9 minutes over twenty four hours. In one year you would have to forgive that person 1.3 times per day. So forgiveness is a process. Some can forgive immediately and some it takes a while, but you must do it.