Thursday – Forgiveness You Cannot Get on Your Own
By Nick Molick
“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
In the story of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem we see a lot of action going on. Jesus foretells of a colt and it is there along with what to say to the folks who are watching two apostles untie it and take it. We see Jesus teach, we see Him take on the money changers and the entire system that had become the Temple. And while He was uprooting the debauchery the temple had become the chief priests and scribes were plotting a way to destroy Him. They feared Jesus and loved their own power more than the Messiah who was literally right in front of them. In regard to the money changers in the Temple we see Jesus with real human frustration born of a righteous indignation for God’s holiness and glory and of His house, the Temple. We can relate to the anger for sure. But can we relate to the forgiveness we are also called to?
Read Luke 6: 12-20. Here we see Jesus preparing to call the twelve apostles out of the group of disciples who were with H. Look how he prepares. Jesus prays all night; Christ knows the act of assembling His team of apostles will begin the timeline to the Cross and He prepares by talking to the Father all night. I believe Jesus does this to set the best example for us. Jesus tells us repeatedly that we will have trouble in this world. Whether we currently are, or are about to, head into it we can, just like Jesus talk to our heavenly Father all night, all day, anytime. He always listens and He is always there. What Jesus shares in the closing of the story of the entry into Jerusalem is that we need to examine the condition of our own heart as we pray.
As Jesus prepared with a night of prayer, I think it’s completely within His character that He prayed for the scribes, the Pharisees and those who would conspire against Him. That is the incredible compassion Jesus has and it was exhibited in His conversation with the thieves on the cross. That other worldly level of compassion and forgiveness Jesus exhibits for us and His directive for how to pray in Mark 11:25, lets us know that if we have an issue with someone, we need to forgive them so we can be forgiven for our sins. In doing this Jesus is telling us that we need so much more of Him and less of ourselves.
That next level of forgiveness is not in us naturally, or at the very least it doesn’t naturally occur in me. This forgiveness is faithfully, reverently and prayerfully granted by God softening our hearts, minds and attitudes to become more like Jesus.
Who do you need to forgive before you pray next? How can you prayerfully, faithfully and reverently get to the point of forgiveness?
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