And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. – Mark 11:25 (ESV)
Problems come up when we have to deal with each other. Jesus addressed it. He stated it plainly. He didn’t sugar-coat the truth. He offered a solution that many of us just won’t get into at all.
He said for us to forgive. If you have something against somebody, forgive that person. If you still hold a grudge, paraphrasing Jesus, don’t just pray to God. Forgive that person. Free yourself of the emotional baggage and bondage, then pray to the Father who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Harbor ill feelings about somebody and you won’t get far. That’s not good. You will end up at odds with others and out of order with God. God has forgiven you for your trespasses. That should help you forgive others, too.
There’s a solution in the Scriptures for the problems in the pews.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. – Matthew 6:12 (NIV)
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