We were seated in the living room praying and worshipping with a few people this past weekend. While my eyes closed suddenly I felt the embrace of a dear sister who was asking me to forgive her for speaking sharply to me. Up until that moment, the worship was dragging, but when she did that, the presence of the Lord greatly increased as I fell to my knees in tears.
Here’s what the Lord said to me while I was on my knees:
“This one small and seemingly insignificant act carries the weight of the kingdom of heaven and its operations. This one small act exemplifies the most important thing that needs to happen in many of My churches in this hour. For you’ve written about the importance of the moving of My Spirit and of My power, and rightly so, but you need to write and speak of this one act of love and forgiveness. Love and forgiveness are lacking in My shepherds and in My people, and this lack is hindering My power.
“For the strife and division in my body is great. In one city or town many churches stand at ought against one another, and many pastors hold grudges and are offended at one another. One is jealous and competes with another; one is offended at the other and harbors unforgiveness in his heart; and so My body is divided and defiled.
“For this one small act is a demonstration of what needs to transpire among My people. Love and unity must prevail, for it is the bond of true maturity, and within it lies a greater manifestation of My power.”
If this aforementioned sister had not obeyed her heart to come to me and apologize we probably would’ve just continued to worship and override the diminishing presence of God in our midst. Perhaps we would’ve just excused it as tiredness among the people or a lack of anointing in the one leading worship, when the truth was that as soon as forgiveness was released the crescendo of the presence of God was evident to everyone. I’m not saying that the lack of the manifestation of God’s presence is always due to strife and unforgiveness, but often it is.
Think of what we miss when we have schisms in our churches. Not only is there a diminishing effect of the anointing of the Spirit, but our prayers are hindered through unforgiveness in many hearts.
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mt. 11:25-26).
Reconciliation between brothers is priority in the kingdom of heaven, and Jesus admonishes us to make things right.
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Mt. 5:23-24).
Cultivating a real sensitivity to the Lord begins by getting in touch with your own heart and with the love of God that has been shed abroad there by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 5:5).
Are you in touch with the true spiritual condition of your heart? Has pride blinded you? Can you see the beam in your own eye, or only the mote in your brother’s? Many are those who claim love for God but who have fallen so short of loving people. Be not deceived. Our measure of love for God is only as great as the measure of love we show our brothers and sisters.
“If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also” (1 Jn. 4:20-21).
“God is love and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 Jn. 4:16).