Luke 17:3‭-‬6 NKJV Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

In order for us to forgive someone who has severely hurt us, it’s going to require faith. We may not feel like we can forgive them, and that may be true in our own strength, but by faith we can forgive.

Jesus illustrates how to apply our faith to forgiveness using the mulberry tree. The tree represents unforgivness. Once we identify unforgiveness within us, using the belief in our hearts and the power in our words, we can say to unforgiveness, ‘be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. In other words, we’re telling unforgiveness to leave our souls.

In order for us to get this mustard seed sized faith to forgive, it requires hearing the word of God on forgiveness. Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). The more we hear on forgiveness, the more we’ll want to forgive and the stronger our faith becomes to forgive.

Let’s not live with bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts. It’s only negatively impacting our lives and limiting what God can do in our lives (Mark 11:22-26). Use faith to forgive.

Inspired by Charles Capps