What Jesus Did! 'Get Rid of the Grudges' — Mark 11:24-26

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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So I tell you to ask for things in prayer. And if you believe that you have received those things, then they will be yours. When you are praying, and you remember that you are angry with another person about something, then forgive that person. Forgive them so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins."
— Mark 11:24-26 NLT
Illustration of Mark 11:24-26 NLT —  Forgive them so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.

Key Thought

God is lavish with his forgiveness! Aren't we glad? However, just as God is lavish with forgiveness, he is also adamant about our forgiveness. What Jesus says should chill us to our soul. We will be forgiven the way we forgive others. (See also Matthew 6:14-15 to have this point reinforced!) Holding grudges blocks the Lord's graciousness from our lives. Let's be children of our Father—lavish in forgiveness, quick to love, and slow to condemn.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I trust in your forgiveness and grace. I ask that your Spirit work in my heart to release any grudges that I may have against anyone. I also ask that the Holy Spirit will help me to forgive those with whom I have held grudges in a new and more loving light. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 6:14-15
  • Ephesians 4:30-32
  • Numbers 14:18

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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