The call to walk in forgiveness is the call to walk in God’s Love. Let’s be love walkers and experience the joy of forgiving and being forgiven.
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 (KJV)
How could anyone who has been touched by the love of God not forgive? Perhaps it is because they do not understand how much they have offended God by their sins nor how much they have been forgiven. If they did they would be quick to forgive others in the same way God forgave them in Christ.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47 (KJV)
Unforgiveness, bitterness, contaminates faith and defiles the one who refuses to forgive. Resentment, trouble and torment come as a result of holding what only God, the Righteous Judge, can deal with righteously. We are to warn one another and encourage each other so that this destructive sin has no place to gain a foothold in the believers life.
Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God’s grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it- Hebrews 12:15 (Amp)
You may say, “I can’t! You don’t know what they have done to me.” Beloved, you must! In Christ you can let go of what the devil has meant to destroy you so that God can turn it for good.
No amount of self-satisfaction can replace the joy of being forgiven, cleansed and released from the bondage of a root of bitterness. Your release is one decision, one act of your will, away.
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