OCTOBER 2014 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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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 effect.

 

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 Calvarys 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. Ephesians 4:32

 

With Blessing,


Jan

www.janlowens.com