Apostle Paul said, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you
were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be
put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, just as God in Christ also forgave you” (Eph. 4:30-32)
The devil uses unforgiveness as yet another way to pull you away from God! Jesus himself says “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt 6:14-15)
Is it really so hard to forgive others for wronging you? Can’t you just let go and “Let God?” Jesus died on the cross for just that reason! On the cross, while He was bleeding and could barely breathe from being nailed there, said… “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” OUCH! Jesus asked HIS Father, OUR FATHER… God to forgive the people that tried and killed Him, and yet WE can not put away our differences and forgive others for simply wronging us? Do you not think that a husband, wife, friend, or foe says something to make you angry is maybe a little less important than someone killing you!?
Forgiveness is as easy as giving God the burden that you are carrying around on your shoulders. The person you are harboring unforgiveness towards is probably not even aware that you are in that state of mind, YET…YOU! YOU are DYING INSIDE!! Is it worth it? In Romans 12:19, Paul or one of His partners wrote “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.” Let God take care of the things God can take care of, let YOU take care of only the things that only you can take care of…actually let God take ALL of your burdens, because He loves you so very much. So why is it we can’t love others that way? God, thru Christ can love the unlovable, but WE can’t forgive, the forgiveable… think about it.. then remember that your prayers are hindered when you harbor a grudge against someone. Why should God forgive you when you, yourself can not forgive??? Food for thought… I’ll leave the rest for you to discuss with God! Forgive… AND FORGET!
Psalms 103:10-13 says….”He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;”