FORGIVENESS AND UNFORGIVENESS 2/5
Find Healing for your soul
(KJV) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
Just as God is the Author of Love He is also the Author of Forgiveness. Out of God’s great love for us He forgave us. We learn here that the act of forgiveness grows from the roots of peace and faith which is grounded in the soil of love (Eph 3:17-19). So if love is found in the heart of God then the same is with His forgiveness. If we, His children abide in Him then we also love and forgive because we are His children. You see God in His nature is a forgiving and loving God (1 John 4:7). The fruit God produces are fruits of His Spirit (Eph 5:9/ Gal 5:22); they are fruits of peace and prosperity. But unforgiveness is the fruit of Offence, anger and bitterness. If you are slow to anger, then you will learn grace and mercy. If you are driven by your anger then offence will be in your heart and cursing will be on your lips (Prov 18:20). Be careful what you say because you will eat the fruit of your own confession. That is why God’s character reveals that He is slow to anger and full of mercy and grace (Psalms 103:8). And those you are slow to anger, will notice as soon as they get angry compassion opens its mouth to speak to their heart and give them calm, and when they accept this calmness, peace comes over them. Soon after that they are able to forget the offence. That is why you also read that God is full of compassion, forgiving the sins of many even unto the third and fourth generation. Where forgiveness is, the love of God also blossoms. (Exodus 34:6-7). If God is for you then Hes forgiveness should also be a part of you.
1John 4:20-21 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
If you say you have love but you cannot forgive, then you make yourself a liar and a hypocrite. It is true that every time you forgive you enter a new beginning. For without forgiveness there is no healing for the hurting soul. Forgiveness is of God because God forgave us and did not keep a record of our wrongs (Isaiah 43:25/ Psalms 32:1-2). If you say you have love but have no forgiveness in your heart, then you make yourself a fool and true love is not found in you. But when you have been able to forgive, perfect love will be your reward that will embrace you and rejoice your heart. When you have been able to forgive then the love of the Spirit will gush out of you like a fountain of life-giving water because with God is life and the light to direct your path (Psalms 36:9).
So be careful if you have an unforgiving heart and bitterness toward someone else. This may cause you to lose your very own dear friends who may be trying to help you. Because one trait of unforgiveness is that it is like a snake after it has bitten one it will turn to bite another and in its own foolishness it will then turn and bite itself. Unforgiveness is know one’s friend and will never be. It has no respect for anyone regardless of who you are. It is like a parasite of the soul that eats away at your good heart till there is nothing left of you. It is like an invisible rock tied on your chest whose weight you cannot remove until you release the unforgiveness in your heart.
With unforgiveness comes bitterness whose arrow pierces the heart and makes your bone sick with grief. Bitterness causes division and separates even the closest of friends. Bitterness is like the venom of the snake and once it poisons your whole being you are doomed to be a wasted cause because your heart and mind will be clouded by its poison and your body will be crippled by its hold and if you do not deal with this unforgiveness, it will bring you down and destroy you. There is no easy way to heal a wound but pure, gradual healing itself and proper medicine for the wound. Forgiving someone begins the healing inside of you. Forgiveness is like the ointment of healing to the wounded heart. The more you apply this healing ointment the better and stronger they will feel and soon they are completely free from the chains of bitterness.
If you want healing and to be set free from the unforgiveness and bitterness that lies in your heart you must boldly face the truth right now, today and accept the only medicine of healing for your heart which is forgiveness. Trust is an important asset in your life and if someone loses your trust it is hard to gain back. But the process of forgiveness can restore that. The forgiveness of God will give you peace especially at the time you may need it the most when bitterness seems to grip your heart the hardest and make you feel sick inside. May the LORD give you His Strength to forgive those who have hurt you that you also may be free and receive the blessings of Heaven.