“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
This, very simply, is the reason our churches do not see wonderful things happening through prayer. We are so harsh toward one another, so judgmental, so calculating, so cynical and unforgiving. We hold onto our “justified” grievances…and they weigh us down, they smother us, they hog tie and eventually kill us.
Why would we find it a surprising thing that Satan should revel in stirring up strife so as to concoct unforgiveness in our hearts in so many different sizes and shapes? This makes a mockery of the entire reason that Jesus came…to heal and forgive. For Christians to show by their words and actions (and reactions) that they really have contempt for this idea when it comes to demonstrating it to others must be heartbreaking to the Savior. It divides the church so it can never function as a body, as God intended. It makes Christians cool and evasive toward the preaching of God’s word, and dismissive of godly counsel, so they limp through this life spiritually disabled, and disabling others. And, what of those who have not yet believed? Why would they want what Christians have, if forgiveness is greedily hoarded and never given away?
Let’s consider our hearts. Pray David’s prayer, and whatever is revealed…do something about it today.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!” Ps. 139:23,24