Lent Devotional March 26: An Ugly Monster
An Ugly Monster
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 & 26
There are many Scriptures in the Bible that speak about forgiveness. We are in the season of Lent which speaks to us in volumes about the ministry of Jesus Christ and the price He paid to redeem us from our sins. He totally forgave us of all our wrong doing. We, then, being forgiven, are to go about doing the same. That sounds easy enough when we are in church, but in reality, difficult to do much of the time.
In day-to-day living, we get wounded by the words and actions of others that may or may not have intended to hurt us. Our first response is to be offended, and left unchecked, that offense will find a place to reside in our soul. That offense will then stay in our soul, grow, and produce anger and resentment, or we can choose to let it go and forgive.
In my own life I have learned that unforgiveness, however small it may seem, will grow into an ugly monster that never lets you forget the wrong that was done to you. Because we are not perfect, we will always need forgiveness from our Heavenly Father.
As Christians, unforgiveness is not an option. Let us choose today to forgive. Forgiveness releases us from bondage and enables us to freely love others.
Prayer: Thank you Father God, that you are always ready and willing to forgive our trespasses, over and over again. By faith, help us to trust you enough to do the same for those who trespass against us.