Revival Prayer: Forgiveness

9.14.15

Forgiveness

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well. –Lewis B. Smedes

There can never be revival and resentment in the same heart. When our hearts are full of resentment, bitterness and remembrance of past wrongs, there is no room for the regenerating power of Christ. As we hold others accountable and at the same time wish to be released from offense, we are quenching the Holy Spirit of God. It is the ultimate effect of the Golden Rule that we give the forgiveness we desire to experience. That doesn’t mean it is easy, but when we look away from the offense and toward the graceful throne of God, we can be successful in letting go of theists of those who have hurt us.

Identify the bitterness and offenses you are holding in your heart and ask God specifically to remove them right now. Then allow Him to by refusing to ruminate over the resentments we have kept for so long.

Ephesians 4:30-32 (AMP)

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence].  Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.

Do you think God keeps a long list of our past offenses… the ones he promised to forgive by the power of the blood of Christ? If God does not, then why do we exalt ourselves above Him by keeping up with hurts?

We also need to pray for the church to be inhabited by a spirit of forgiveness, mercy and grace. I wonder what release we would experience as a body of believers who have placed all grudges at the feet of the cross? When my life is littered with broken relationships with my brothers and sisters that I have been unwilling to allow to heal, the Spirit of God is grieved and revival is yet to come.

Ephesians 4:27 (AMP)

And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness].

Disagreements with brothers and sisters is not only the work of Satan, but also just the opportunity He needs to squelch revival’s fires and put up fences in our hearts that keep them at bay. As recipients of grace, we must be conduits of mercy.

Thanks for reading and praying! JD