MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
SHEATH YOUR SWORD
Main text: Mark 11:25 – And whensoever ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye.
A sword can be used to inflict pain on someone. In other words, a sword is used to cause hurt or harm to another. And some people’s tongues can hurt like a sword. To sheath your sword means to let go the harm other have done to you. As thorns come with roses so does hurts come with human relationships.
When someone hurt you, our natural response will be to hurt them back or be paid back in their coin. But as a redeemed child of God, it is a wrong feeling from the devil that is, it is anti-Christ.
Joseph was betrayed, sold by his brothers and was later imprisoned by false accusation of his master’s wife yet, he didn’t allow depression; despair, hate and retaliation take hold of him. He was able to overcome those because he knew where he has a greater future and a God who is able to take him there. Joseph decided to let the offenses go and accept the responsibility for his own reactions.
Forgiveness has both physical and spiritual benefits. When your heart is free of bitterness and rancor, he helps promote your health and healing. Your wound may be perhaps, an abusive parent, a nagging spouse or even a business deal gone sore but you need to make a decision to get over it and let it go. Put your sword where is belongs, in the sheath.
AN UNFORGIVING ATTITUDE CAN KEEP YOU FROM PROSPERING
BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL)
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Prayer: Oh Lord, I receive the power to forgive my offenders in Jesus name. Amen