Today's Reading: Mark 11
Key Verse: Mark 11:26
…But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
In the first 10 verses, Jesus meticulously fulfills prophecies given both by King David and Zechariah. He then follows up by communicating His authority over nature with the example of thousands of years earlier the fig tree, and over the handling of money by the leaders of the worship of God in the Temple. Mark concludes this chapter by quoting the religious leaders saying in effect, "NO COMMENT".
Their biggest concern seemed to be the politics of the day. The core message of this passage concerns FORGIVENESS. This has eternal importance for each of us. Unforgiveness blocks the forgiveness we all need from God. Jesus warns us in a most forceful way.
This is one absolutely essential truth that we need to RECEIVE and ACT UPON TODAY! (How about every day?)
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I ask for grace to forgive others and the grace to accept the forgiveness offered to me by others. Having done this, I am confident that as I ask for Your forgiveness for my sins against You, Lord God, You forgive me. Amen!
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