When we pray, we should forgive. Forgiveness is a result of love. We are able to forgive as we receive and apply the love of God upon our lives. The love of God never fails. It is the answer to our salvation from all oppression. Guilt and condemnation are removed when love and acceptance is received.
It’s not just what is done that needs to be forgiven, but also what is not done; things that we may have been expecting from ourselves and others. At times a trespass may not be easily detected. We may only know something has come between us and someone else when their demeanor suddenly changes. When we sense that love is not flowing to the degree that it should, we should pray for reconciliation even if we do not know the specifics of a situation.
There are so many times when something is misunderstood that we should go to our brother or sister to confirm what we may have sensed before presuming it to be truth. Also, we have to guard ourselves from picking up an offense in someone else’s place. Truly pursuing peace is what we should do as ministers of reconciliation. Others may not forgive us, but when we forgive them, we are released to move on. We pray for the Lord to help them and leave all in His caring hands, from glory to glory!
Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”