FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN
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I would like to address a serious
issue that affects the status of our heart:
holding onto an unforgiving
spirit. It is
like a dangerous dose of poison.
Many do not understand the dangers
and consequences to us mentally, physically, and spiritually when we do not
totally forgive others and or even ourselves. In essence, we grow a hard heart.
We might say we forgive on the surface, but if we never go deep enough to give
total forgiveness to the one who has hurt us, the poison has started taking
If an unforgiving spirit is allowed
to stay in the heart, bitterness and resentment will take root and grow to such
an extent that they will eventually eat away at our ability to forgive.
Bitterness and resentfulness can be
manifest in the form of judgments, anger, unbelief, sickness, bitter words,
negativity, stress, inferiority, timidity, and a hard heart to name a few. The
poison must come out or it will infect the entire body, soul and spirit.
When a hurting person tries to bury
or deny a problem of resentment and bitterness, it will not stay buried. The
poison of anger, inferiority, and guilt is still in the heart. If a Christian
is holding on to such emotions, they may not understand who they really are and
the true nature of a loving God.
When we forgive those who have
wronged us, we are set free, even if the perpetrator never asks for our
forgiveness. This brings about a wonderful sense of liberation for us. We are
then free to love.
Listen to the words of the Lord: “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” (Mark 11:25-26). This is a
clear command to forgive. If unheeded, it will bring serious consequences.
Why is having an unforgiving spirit
such a serious problem? Because Jesus had to die because of it. Jesus bore the
brutality of all our sins, and every offense was nailed to the cross. Jesus’ love was and is unconditional, and His mercy abounds. He
was the supreme example of forgiving those who reviled Him, hated Him, and
treated Him unjustly. In His love proved by Calvary’s
cross, provided a way for us to forgive and love others. We are without
excuse if we do not forgive.
The only way out of the problem of
having an unforgiving spirit is for us to repent (release the hurt and turn
from it) and forgive the one who has hurt us. There is no other way.
Good news: Yes, the forgiver is totally free.
When we forgive, a spiritual transaction takes place. When we ask forgiveness
for our own sins, Jesus forgives by the power of His blood and puts it forever
behind Him. The Lord will not bring it up again. Satan will try to pollute your
mind over and over again with the incident. Take authority over the offense and
do not allow it to stay in your mind,
Total forgiveness sets us free to
enjoy life with peace, joy, and love.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.