Biblical Reflections: Mark 11:25

Mark 11:25 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Jesus spent a great deal of time emphasizing the importance of forgiveness. In fact we could add Forgiver to His many titles, because He forgave sins on behalf of the Godhead. His sacrificial dedication to die in atonement made forgiveness possible.  Jesus makes it real.

If we cannot make way to forgive, then we cannot experience forgiveness for ourselves.  Jesus taught us to reconcile our differences in order to remove obstacles to divine service (Matthew 5:24).  It is that important.

The Apostles continued to teach forgiveness with Paul writing, “…be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).  In light of this statement, we should recall the words of Jesus that convict us for He said from the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).  Think about it.

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