The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH. Follow this link to obtain your copy of HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH today.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:24-25 NKJV
The “faith” of verse 24 must be coupled with the “love” of verse 25 in order to see results in our prayers. We may have grown up in an unforgiving atmosphere and find it difficult to forgive when we are wronged by people or circumstances. We may have learned to “hold grudges” for long periods of time, but this attitude will definitely impede the flow of power in our lives. Building a strong life of faith must be accompanied with a strong life of love as well.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5:6 NKJV
Apostle John, also known as “the Apostle of Love”, wrote the following to his disciples, teaching them that faith and love work together for results.
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. 1 John 3:22-23 NKJV
It is not possible to have confidence (faith) in God when we are holding people in unforgiveness in our hearts. We must release people from what they owe us, even as God has released us from the “debt” we owed Him because of our sin.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 4:32-5:2 NKJV
It has been appropriately stated that “where there is no forgiveness, there is no love.”
As born again believers in Jesus Christ, we have been made “partakers of the divine nature”, and God is Love. This means that our new nature, which is made in God’s Image, is love.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 NKJV
The new nature in us will always prompt us to forgive others first; it is the “old man” in our flesh that wants to get revenge or withhold forgiveness. Apostle Paul told us to “put off the old man and put on the new”. He gave us practical instructions on how to do this when writing to the Colossians:
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV
E.W. Kenyon said, “A step out of love, is a step into sin”. Unforgiveness is definitely a sin that grieves the Spirit of God within us. Forgive quickly and remain in close fellowship with God, where strong faith is the normal life.
What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH. Follow this link to obtain your copy of HOW TO OBTAIN STRONG FAITH today.