MFM Daily Devotional 30th March 2021 by Dr D.K Olukoya – The Power Of Forgiveness (1)
TOPIC: THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS (I)
Fire Scripture: Acts 7:54- 60
Forgiveness is a very fundamental subject in Christianity. Its importance is underscored by the fact that Jesus Christ taught us how to forgive others in words and in deed. He also expects us to forgive others as He forgave us and love others as He loved us. The grace to forgive others comes from the Holy Spirit.
One can ask for it and receive it in the name of Jesus. Since the Lord expressly commanded us to forgive others, we ought to obey. Forgiveness ﬂows from an understanding of God’s love (Agape) and its peculiar characteristics – unfeigned, unconditional, sacriﬁcial, self-sacriﬁcing, perfect and eternal. When we show genuine readiness to forgive others, God will supply the grace and enabling.
The Bible says, “For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Anyone who fails to forgive others will be disobeying God’s commandment on making brotherly love to continue, “following peace with all men” and “promoting unity of the brethren”.
The true practice of God’s love and forgiveness (loving others and forgiving others as God does) are hallmarks of maturity and great stature in Christianity. They are also proofs of Christlikeness. Jesus demonstrated it, Stephen did and Joseph, in the Old Testament, did too. How much and how well we love and forgive others point to how close we are to God, our level of obedience and proves that we are walking with Him as well as pleasing Him.
Beloved, when Jesus told Peter that we should forgive others seventy times seven times, He was stressing that forgiving others should be something we do often and often, as long and as much as we want our heavenly Father to forgive our trespasses too. We ought to love others and forgive them as God has demonstrated His unconditional and perfect love to us.
Is the ﬂesh resisting your will and desire to forgive someone who has offended you? Tell the Holy Spirit to help you to nail the ﬂesh to the cross and pray to silence any voice that does not want you to obey God completely.
Memory Verse: Acts 7:60 – “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge…”
Motivational Quote: The one who forgives frees himself from prison.
Prophetic Word: Receive the grace to be Christlike more and more, in the name of Jesus.
HYMN: At Calvary
1. Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty
2. By God’s Word at last my sin I learned
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
3. Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus ev’ry thing,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
4. O the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh! the grace that bro’t it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that God did span
1. Every strong hold of unforgiveness in me, scatter by fire, in the name of Jesus.
2. Evil river of bitterness in my life, dry up by fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. The grace to forgive and forget others’ offences, come upon me, in the name of Jesus.
4. Power of unforgiveness, loose your grip upon my life, in the name of Jesus.
5. I jump out of the prison of unforgiveness, in the name of Jesus.
6. Blood of Jesus, purge my life of bitterness, in the name of Jesus.
7. Power to be Christlike, incubate my life, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 1 – 2
Thank you for reading Today’s MFM Daily Devotional written by Pastor D.K Olukoya. God bless you!