Unforgiveness is like a cancer in our heart. Unforgiveness leads to stress, bitterness, resentment, depression, anxiety, worry and all tyoes of sickness. We must keep and guard our hearts from unforgiveness.
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
We can’t wait on a certain feeling to forgive, we must be led by obedience to the Word. We must stop reacting to emotions and begin responding to God. As children of God we are called to walk by faith and not our feelings. When we step out in faith and obedience to forgive others God will bring about the feeling in His time. Emotions will follow our obedience to God.
Just as we have freely received the forgiveness of our sins. We MUST freely forgive others. The Father has lavished us with His love and forgiveness, while we were yet sinners Christ demonstrated His love towards us on the cross. Jesus has forgiven us of so much. Without His love, grace and mercy towards us we would be headed to eternal destruction. We must now extend this same to those who have hurt us.
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. C.S Lewis
Beloved no matter how wrong they were, no matter how much it hurts, no matter how much pain and hurt they caused in our life. As a Christian we must forgive them. As we do this we will begin experiencing healing and freedom in our life like never before.
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”