Cultivating Good Relationships PT. 2 - Mark 11: 25-26

If we choose the lower road, we will end up doing and saying things we later regret.

"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11: 25-26

When we are offended or hurt, we often feel justified in holding a grudge. The Old Testament Law expressed this when it stated, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth”. Until the offense was paid, those offended did not feel free to forgive. However, God dealt with everyone’s offenses by placing sin upon the perfect Savior who was judged in place of every sinner of all time.

To demand that others now earn our forgiveness is not Christ-like. Jesus died for every person’s sins (1John 2:2), extending forgiveness to us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), and we should do the same. Forgive— Period! Unforgiveness is downright dangerous. It will make your spirit weak and your prayers ineffective.

It will pull the plug on your faith so much so that you won’t have enough power to effectively live as a Christian. In Mark 11, Jesus didn’t say, “When you stand praying, try to forgive” or “When you stand praying, forgive if you can.” He simply said, “Forgive.” We often throw open the door to the devil when we refuse to:

(3) forgive others for what they did (4) stop judging others for their grievances. The apostle Paul told us, "Neither give place to the devil." The Greek makes it clear that we must choose to give the devil no territory. You see, we have a choice: We can choose to "give the enemy place" in our minds and emotions, or we can choose to walk in the Spirit.

If we choose the lower road, we will end up doing and saying things we later regret. Those regretful things are usually what opens the door for the devil to wreak havoc in our relationships.