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What does it mean to “Plead / Apply the Blood of Jesus”?

10 Jul

What is the difference between “Pleading the Blood of Jesus” and “Applying the Blood of Jesus”

The following was taken from my book “Redeemed By Blood – Discovering the Power of the Blood of Christ”

Lets look at The Lord’s Supper and applying the blood today

Moses gives warning to the Egyptians that all the firstborn in Egypt will die (Exodus 11:4–5). Moses explains to the Israelites the Passover (Exodus 12:21–28). Death was sure to come to every house. But If the blood was applied, the destroyer (death) would not be permitted in that house.

The Lord’s supper was celebrated during the Lord’s Passover. Jesus was and is the mediator of the better covenant; he was bringing God to man, and he was bringing man to God. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice. His holy body and blood is the surety, the guarantee of our covenant with God.

When we apply the blood of Jesus to our life, we are protected from every plot the enemy has for us or our family. The lamb sacrificed was a lamb without blemish (Exodus 12:3–7). Jesus was our Lamb without blemish (1 Peter 1:19). Jesus offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice (Hebrews 9:12–14). Jesus was the perfect Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:46; 1 Corinthians 5:7).

The Israelites were miraculously healed because of the Passover Lamb (Psalm 105:36– 45). We are healed because of our Passover Lamb (Isaiah 53). The power of the Lamb heals and provides, protects and delivers (Revelations 12:11).

How and When the Blood Was Used?
The highest act of the high priest in the Old Testament was when he entered into the holy of holies, bringing in the blood to worship God. The highest act of worship was the sprinkling of blood.

Blood was used to:
-In the consecration of the house of the Lord.
-In the consecration of the priest.
-At the birth of a child.
-In the account of sin.
-In the way they would fellowship with God.

The blood has a voice and that voice speaks.
Priests used the blood in everything. Jesus made an end to the types and shadows by being the fulfi llment. Our hearts must learn the importance of walking in the power of the blood. God lives in constant view of the blood, so we must live in constant view of the blood also.

The Blood of Jesus
The blood of Jesus is the primary thing the Holy Spirit has for the church today. When Adam sinned, he poisoned his blood, causing every man after him to experience blood poisoning also. Since man had sin entangled in his blood, he passed sin from generation to generation. God had to do something to take care of the blood. God sent Jesus to the earth in the flesh to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus was flesh and blood, but he was not from Adam’s fallen bloodline.

Jesus suffered the death of the cross for us (Acts 2:31; Hebrews 9:23–26). It was necessary for the earthly things to be purified, but the actual heavenly things needed a better and noble sacrifice. The priest would take the blood in and sprinkle it on the mercy seat. The mercy would last a year before another sacrifice would have to be made. Jesus took his own blood before the Father and poured it out on the mercy seat. It was a once-for-all offering.

Pleading the Blood
Definition: to plead:
Webster’s Dictionary: appeal, entreat earnestly, to use arguments or persuasion for or against something.
Noun–a case at law.
Verb–beseech or beg.
Hebrew–reev–to strive; conduct a legal case.
Hebrew–shawfat–controversy at law

The verdict is in!
The blood of Jesus paid the price, and the blood was sufficient, more than enough. In our case, there are two types of pleading: by the plaintiff and the defendant. A plea is a petition to the court. In our case, the answer is in the acquisition of the blood. This means that we have already won. When we use the word plea, we are reminding Satan of his defeat, because we have authority in the blood. A plea is a method of condescending by rules of procedures, by which a party will present a written statement about the facts of the case.

Pleading the blood has two connotations.
1.) It is evidence of our civil rights.
2.) It is an acquittal of our criminal matters.

When you sin, you use the blood as your acquittal. Justification in the Greek means acquittal. When pleading a criminal case, you have three options:
-Not guilty
-No contest (neither admits nor denies).

“Satan has no answer for the blood of Jesus.”
The Israelites, by faith sprinkled blood in Egypt, and it brought forgiveness, health, protection, deliverance, strength, and wealth (Hebrews 11:28; Psalm 105:36–45). Rahab used the blood line (scarlet cord) as a token, and it brought deliverance. Priests of the Old Testament sprinkled blood, and it brought forgiveness. Jesus as our High Priest put his own blood on the mercy seat, and it purchased salvation for all mankind.

We as new testament sons of the High Priest can now use the blood for forgiveness, salvation, redemption, healing, protection, and victory. We shall observe this sprinkling of blood forever (Exodus12:24).

H. Clay Trumble says, “Blood is the representative of that life
which is the essence of God Himself

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New Book “Redeemed by Blood – Discovering the Power of the Blood of Christ” is now available

27 Mar

My new book is now available. You can purchase your copy of “Redeemed by Blood” on Amazon. Its available in paperback and for your kindle

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Follow the Leader in You

28 Aug

Dr. Jonathan Doctor’s new book “Follow the Leader in You” is now available on, Kindle and here at

Follow the leader in you

As New Creations in Christ we have a New Heart for a New Start. We have a New spirit within us. We now have a New Leader to follow. Jesus is now the Lord of our lives, He is the Master and Ruler of our lives; He has final Word and Authority in our lives. Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit as our New Guide and Leader until He Comes again to Make all things New on this earth. reading this book will equip you to hear the voice of God.

New Creation Restoration: Glory and Dominion Regained

23 Jun

New Creation Living:

New Creation Restoration: Glory and Dominion Regained
by: Jonathan Doctor, Ph.D.

Read: 2 Cor. 5:17-21   Eph. 4:24   Col. 3:10    Eph. 2:10AMP

    God has made us New Creature’s in Christ Jesus, the old things have gone and the new has come, and these new things are of God. The Bible is filled with New Creation Truths, and in this study we will learn about God’s original plan for Man, and how he fell and how all things are restored back in our redemption in Christ Jesus. Now this subject is so awesome and we will begin on our journey of the knowledge of God and who we are in Christ. Jesus said that those who know the truth shall be set free.

I.  God’s original plan for Man—-DOMINION—-
    A.  Read: Genesis 1:26-28 Psalms 8:4-6
    B. “Likeness” in the Hebrew means “exact duplicate in kind.”
    C. “Image” in the Hebrew means “representative figure”
    D.  Man was created a little lower than God (Elohim).
    E. The actual word for “angels” in Psa. 8:4-6 KJV is the same word used in Genesis chapter 1 for God.

II. God’s class of being
    A. The angels were in awe of what God created. (psa. 8:3-6)
    B. They asked the question “what is man?”
    C. Then they answered their own question.
        1. Man was originally created a little lower then Elohim (God)
        2. Man was originally created to be like God. (same MO)

III. God crowns Man.
    A. God crowns (clothes) Man with His Glory and Honor.
    B. All creatures have some kind of glory.  (1 Corin. 15:40-41)
    C. Man was clothed with the Glory of God.

IV. Authority is always accompanied with Responsibility.
    A. Adams responsibility was to subdue the earth. (Gen 1:28)
    B. Adam also had to “keep” and cultivate his home, his life, the garden of Eden.
        1. Eden was a place of no lack, a place where all Adams needs were met.
        2. Eden is like a type of our place In Christ, where all our needs are met by God.
        3. “keep” in the Hebrew means to hedge about, to guard, to protect and to attend to.
    C. We “keep” our garden, our benefits in Christ is by our words.
        1. By speaking faith filled words we resist the serpent in our lives.

V. Satan’s lie and the fall of Man. (Genesis 3:1)
    A. The serpent was “crafty” and “subtle.”
        1. “crafty” and “subtle” means shrewd, cunning and skillful in deceiving.
    B. Satan’s method of operation is deception and ignorance.
    C. Satan’s presents a question “has God really said?”
    D. Satan twisted the truth to deceive Eve into thinking that she was not like God already.
        1. She was already in God’s likeness and in His image.
        2. She (like many Christians) didn’t know who she was.
    E. Satan does not want you to know who you are in Christ.
    F. Satan wants to Steal, kill and destroy you, he tries to  twists the truth to keep you ignorant of who you are in Christ. (Romans 1:25)
    G. Satan is terrified of Christians who know the truths of the Word of God concerning the New Creation and who they are In Christ. He does not want you to know all that the blood of Jesus has paid for.
        1. He does not want you to know what God has said concerning you. (Eph. 4:18)

VI. God created Man as a spirit (a speaking spirit)
    A. Adam and Eve were in Charge before they sinned.
    B. When they sinned they became spiritually dead and flesh led, they then lost the Glory of God. (Rom. 3:23-24)

VII.  Man’s fall—Man’s Redemption Through Christ.   (1 corin. 15:22)
    A. Everyone born after Adam were born into Sin and death.
        1. Dead men walking,  (Eph.2:1-10, Rom 5:12-18  1 John 5:19))
        2. sin separates us from God (Isa. 59:2  Rom 3:23)
    B. Everyone Born again is born into Life and Righteousness.
    C. When you were born again Eternal Life, Love  and the Nature of God that Adam lost was put back.
        1. 2 Tim 1:10  Col. 1:13
        2. Through our faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross we are justified , made righteous; just-as-if-we‘d-never-sinned, we can act as though sin has never existed. Our sins have been erased, blotted out, remitted, cleansed and purged, never to remembered against you anymore (1John 1:9 Isa. 43:25-26)
        3. Read: Heb.1:3;  10:1-2,17-18    2 Corin. 5:21   Heb. 9:11-15   1 John 3:5
    D. when we are born again we are New Creations in Christ. (2 Corin. 5:17)
        1. A new creation is a new specious of being that had never existed before.
    E. What God did in the New Creation through Jesus Christ is far better than what Satan did to Adam.
    F. The New Creation is the most powerful thing God has created that is on the earth today.

VIII. God’s rank of authority. (note: God puts His word higher than His name  )
    A. 1. God the Father, God the Son  and God the Holy Spirit (Trinity)
    B. 2. Born Again redeemed Man In Christ- The New Creation
    C. 3. Angels of God
    D. 4. Satan and fallen angels (demons)
    E. 5. Unsaved fallen Man      (notice 2 families, God’s and Satan’s)

IX. Rank of Authority scriptural references:
    A. Psa. 83:18    Eph. 1:20-22
    B. Eph 2:5-6  Psa. 8:4-6
    C. Hebrews 1:14   Psa. 103:20-21
    D. James 4:7 Luke 10:19

1Jo 5:4  For whatsoever is born of  God  overcometh  the  world:  and  this  is  the  victory  that overcometh  the  world, even our  faith.
1Jo 5:5  Who  is he that overcometh  the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son  of God?

Strong‘s Definitions:  overcometh= to subdue (literally or figuratively): – conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.

In Christ Dominion is restored

Scriptures references

Gen 1:26-31 NKJV 26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Psalms 8:4-8 NKJV 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than God,#  And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, #

Gen. 2:15-17 NKJV 15Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Eph. 4:18 NKJV 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

Eph. 2:1-13 KJV 1And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  11Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Rom. 5:12-19 KJV 12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

2 Cor. 5:17-21 KJV 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Rom. 3:23-26 KJV  23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Heb 1:1-4 KJV 1God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged oursins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Heb.10:1-4,17-18 KJV  1For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins………..   17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Heb. 9:11-17 KJV 11But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
16For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

1 John 3:5 KJV 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

1Jo 5:4  For whatsoever is born of  God  overcometh  the  world:  and  this  is  the  victory  that overcometh  the  world, even our  faith.
1Jo 5:5  Who  is he that overcometh  the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son  of God?

Strong‘s Definitions:  overcometh= to subdue (literally or figuratively): – conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.

In Christ Dominion is restored







God’s Call and Prevailing Purpose

23 Jun

God’s Call and Prevailing Purpose
By  Jonathan Doctor, Ph.D.

Proverbs 19:21 says that many are a man’s plans, but the Lord’s Purpose will Prevail.
1 John 5:4 says that whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world; our faith.
Romans 11:29 says that the gifts and callings of God are without changing…
Always remember that God does not change His mind about the calling He has given you

    Before we were born God had a plan for our life. According to the Word of God in Acts 17:26 He planned what we were called to do, the time, the place and boundaries where we are to do it. Our God, in His awesome Wisdom chose us to live in this day, He did not choose St. Paul not St. Peter but you and I to be the last generation before the Coming of the Lord, He has Graced us to bring in the Harvest.

    To me that is an awesome thought, and it is a sobering responsibility, but at the same time it is a relief to know that we do not have to trust in our own human, natural strength to do it but by His Grace. God’s Grace, His abilities and gifts will empower us as we go and step out into that Calling that He has Graced and anointed us to do.

    God ‘s Calling on our life will never be taken away, God does not change His mind (Romans 11:29Amp), what He spoke will come to pass, He declared the end from the beginning. He declared that we would be His Glorious Church to show this world the Love of God. Jesus has declared that He is building His Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against His church.

    This is good news to know, that as adversity and adversaries show up on our way to the destination God has for us that the adversities or mountains ahead are temporal, they are temporary, they are changeable and movable. With this attitude and spirit of faith we know that we are overcomers because God does not change His Word, Name or Mind about us or our calling.

    This is Good news to those who might have had or are having  small beginnings, knowing that adversity and circumstances cannot change God’s mind, knowing this creates a NO QUIT attitude. God’s plans Will come to pass.

    God had orchestrated our lives, He has ordained our steps and works according to Ephesians 2:10 and Psalms 37:23. Just like Jesus knew where He came from and where He was going (John 8:14), we too can and should know where we are going. By knowing where we came from, we can look back and see God ordaining our steps in life, getting us to this day and the days ahead.

    Once someone has spent quality time with God, intimate time in prayer, praying in the Spirit and continues to read His Word and  listen to the Voice of the Lord. They can develop this knowing in their heart to the Call of God and to where they are going. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice and His sheep follow Him, so as someone hears the Lord they must do what He says. We as sheep do not want to get out from under our Shepherd’s Care.

    This excites me about the days ahead, because in knowing God’s call on my life and knowing in what direction He is leading me, I have assurance that my Shepherd will not lead me astray as I obey His voice.

    We must stay faithful to the Call of God in the small beginnings and in the adversities in our lives, as we do the Lord will increase us and we will be given more, because we have proven our faithfulness in the small things.

    Dr. Jerry Savelle says “Faithfulness is the #1 quality that God looks for in those He calls.”
God is looking for some people who are willing to fulfill His prevailing purpose and Call on their lives.
I think we ought to Praise and Thank God for calling us, for giving us His Purpose. Knowing that His Purpose will prevail, we can be safe as we abide in the calling and purpose that He has chosen for us. Lets have confidence that God is working things out according to His good Purpose (Eph. 1:11, Rom. 8:28, Jer. 29:11, Eph. 2:10)
As we continue to run the race that God has set before us we can be sure that we have Prevailing Purpose!




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Developing Character: Patience and Gentleness

5 Aug

by Jonathan Doctor

The Fruit of Patience (Longsuffering)

Definition of Patience. Patience is a quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which doesn’t hastily retaliate or is revengeful. Patience is a quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. Long suffering = patience with a purpose. Those that hear the Word with a good heart and keep the Word will bring forth the Fruit of Patience. (Luke 8:15)

Developing the Fruit of Patience The testing of your faith will put patience to work. (James 1:4) Prayer will produce Patience. (Colossians 1:9-11) Staying connected to the Vine – Jesus (John 15) Patience is vital to receiving Patience will cause you to bare fruit. (Luke 8:15) Patience is the power of perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 1:4) Quote from Gloria Copeland – Patience is the force that keeps you from fainting under pressure. Faith and Patience work together, they are called the Power twins. (Hebrews 6:11-15)

The Fruit of Gentleness

Gentleness is power under perfect control. Quote from Donald Gee – “it takes part of the rugged strength of manhood and part of the controlled tenderness of womanhood to make the very finest gentleness. It is kindness in the very best way and fullest sense of the Word,” Gentleness must never be confused with weakness. God is All powerful and Strong but He is also gentle. (Isaiah 40:10-12)

The need for the Fruit of Gentleness.

Gentleness is essentially in dealing with the souls of men.
1. Must be gentle to all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
2. Gentleness is an essential requirement for a minister of the Gospel.
3. A minister should not drive the sheep, but gently lead them.

Practical areas where gentleness should be employed.
1. Gentleness with our words (Proverbs 15:1,4)
2. Church discipline (Galatians 6:1 Amp)
3. Relationships (Marital) (Colossians 3:19)

Gentleness equips the Minister of God with skillfulness and sensitivity.

The servant of the Lord must not strive, but must be gentle unto all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
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Uprooting the blessing blocker of unforgiveness

5 Aug

When we refuse to forgive others, we are unable to receive forgiveness and answered prayers from God. But when we set our will to forgive, God forgives us and cleanses us from unrighteousness so that we can escape the guilt, condemnation and fear associated with sin. God forgives, loves and accepts us based on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 1:6-7).

Condemnation is an emotion associated with guilt and fear that makes us feel unworthy and undeserving of God’s blessings.

Sin robs us of the boldness and confidence we need to believe that God’s Word will work in our lives.

Sin often stops people from praying, believing and attending church.
God blots out our transgressions so that He can bless us (Isaiah 43:25, AMP).  God cleanses us from unrighteousness when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).  God erases our sins and promises never to remember them again.  Just as God forgets our sins, we should also forget them. 

Remembering past sins opens the door for condemnation, guilt and lack of confidence toward God.  If you remember your sin and meditate on it, you will eventually repeat it.  God instructed us to remind Him of our merits (Isaiah 43:26, AMP).  Boldly remind God that you are in right-standing with Him through Jesus Christ and that you expect to receive His blessings and favor.  Jesus nailed our sins to the cross and wiped them out forever (Colossians 2:12-14). God requires that Christians forgive those who sin against them (Mark 11:25-26).

If we refuse to forgive others, we will not be forgiven.
Prayers are hindered when unforgiveness operates in our lives.
Unforgiveness is a fear-based stronghold that hinders the blessings of God.

Deliverance, promotion, healing and increase are directly linked to forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an act of faith, given in spite of another person’s actions.

Jesus instructed us to declare our forgiveness for others each time we pray (Matthew 6:12).

God has forgiven our sin debt, so we must forgive each other of all debts, regardless of the severity or frequency (Matthew 18:21-35).  Jesus told Peter that there is no limit to the number of times we must forgive (v. 21-22).  Those who refuse to forgive others are considered wicked (v. 32).  Unforgiveness opens the door to torment (v. 34).

Forgiveness is an act of the will and a decision to walk in the love of God.  Loving others involves forgiving them just as readily as Jesus forgives us (Colossians 3:13, AMP).  Married couples should be mindful to forgive each other instantly so that their prayers will not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).