As a child of God, you walk in a unique place. Unlike the unbelieving peoples of the world, you have the potential to live your entire life in the favor of the one true and living God. If you want you can walk in his blessings and enjoy a close personal relationship with him.
There are a few things that can hinder your fellowship with God, however, and one of them is Unforgiveness. Every believer is in danger of the enemy trying to bring offense and anger into their life and talk them into holding on to it. It’s poison to us and letting it go is a must.
The Gift We Can Give to ourself
Most of you have the misconception that Forgiveness is something you are doing for the person who’s wronged you. Actually, since unforgiveness is a poison to your soul Forgiving that person is like taking the antidote. It’s really something you are doing for yourselves.
All God asks you to do, is for your good. Everything God asks or commands you to do is to benefit you. When you can grasp that one concept obeying God becomes easier. No matter how difficult it is God only has Your best interest at heart.
Unforgiveness Comes Between You and God
When God tells you to forgive often and quickly it only helps you to obey. He is the only one who can make things right in the end. Also, if you’re holding anything against your neighbor your heart isn’t right with God and he can’t answer your prayers.
There is too much anger, strife, and unforgiveness in the body of Christ. If you’re in the world and you have anger that is one thing but forgiveness is beginning level Christianity.
If you’ve been in the body a while there’s no reason you should be hanging on to offense and anger. It only hurts you and comes between you and Jesus. Even if someone has offends you several times.
Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21,22)
Unforgiveness Plays Into the Devils Hands
When you allow offense and strife to enter into your heart you are allowing the devil a foothold
In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4: 26-27)
The word here plainly tells us that when we justify offense we are letting the enemy have a place in our life. We are sinning. If the Bible says don’t then you absolutely cannot justify doing it.
What Does God Want Concerning Unforgiveness
When someone has done you wrong God wants you to forgive them, go on with your life and be happy. In due time He will vindicate you and bring about your recompense.
5 Reasons to Forgive
- Because God said to. God said to bless and not to curse them. The most powerful thing you can do is to be good to someone who hasn’t been good to you.
- Your faith won’t work if you don’t. Anger and unforgiveness actually inhibit your faith.
- It causes torture in your own life. It is on your mind all the time and tortures you. You can’t think of anything else and so you end up obsessing on that one thing all the time.
- It blocks your personal relationship with God and your ability to enjoy his presence.
- You can’t love with unforgiveness in your heart.
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Have you ever felt you tried every solution on earth to solve a problem, but nothing worked? Have you ever wondered where the difficulties you face are coming from? Joyce Meyer has answers.
In Your Battles Belong to the Lord, Meyer explains that while some problems may result from a person’s choices or circumstances, others are rooted in the spiritual realm. Once you recognize the devil–who is real and active in the world today–as your true enemy and the source of many of your struggles, you can overcome them and live a life of peace, freedom, faith, and victory. When facing life’s battles, there are certain things you must do for yourself, such as:
- Diligently studying and applying God’s Word
- Trusting Him
- Maintaining a positive attitude and thankful heart