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All year, I have been preaching and teaching about forgiveness. Here we are in September and having started out in January asking God to help us to forgive. We must be willing to forgive. I would argue that some of us have made up our minds that we do not truly want to forgive for we have hardened our hearts. Forgiveness is far removed from our minds. Forgiveness cannot be forced upon us. However, must come forth willingly and voluntarily. To make matters worse, there are also those who are not willing to receive forgiveness. Our hearts must always be open to give and receive forgiveness. Mark 11:25 is the basis for our devotion today:

 “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

Forgiveness is emphasized in this passage. Throughout this entire chapter, forgiveness is recorded repeatedly. In a very real sense, the measure we extend to others is the measure of forgiveness we are capable of receiving. Notice the strong phrase, “So your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.” We all need forgiveness; consequently, we must all forgive others. It is my fervent prayer that you are willing to forgive, and you have an open mind and heart toward others. Just remember, we needed God to forgive us of the sins we committed before we came to Him. That same forgiveness is needed for those sins since that time. Reach out today and forgive someone. Your life will be blessed, and God will get the glory.

Mark 11:25 (NLT)