Ever walked into a store or office and found folders and items stacked up? You wonder how in the world they are going to clear the mess. When things pile and stack up, the place turns really messy and requires serious cleansing.
When words are spoken, they are like seeds falling on a field. Sometimes, when wrong words are spoken, they enter our hearts and cause much damage. They take root in us and begin to grow as we harbour them. They begin to control our minds, thought process, language, interactions and even the way we value people.
Jesus said in Mathew 6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
When people sin or speak wrong words against you, they become debtors to God and to us. When we harbour that debt, it becomes unforgiveness in our hearts, blocking the flow of God in us. Unforgiveness in our heart towards people causes words, emotions and feelings to pile up. The quicker we forgive the more room we have in our heart to love God and love people.
So when you forgive others, you release yourself into freedom and cause God to move in the hearts of those who are in debt to you.
Forgiveness is a power that can be used only with the presence of Jesus in your life. Jesus said in Mark 2:10 “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.”
The power that Jesus had on earth he gave to us in John 20:22-23.
Jesus breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.” And the next verse says “If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you refuse to forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
The Lord has given us the power on earth to forgive sins just like He did when He was on earth.
Unforgiveness in your heart is your own enemy to your destiny in Christ.
Every time you delay what God asks you to deal with, it hurts you and it hampers your growth in Christ.
You’re probably thinking as you read this blog, my heart is wounded, I’m badly hurt and the scars are very deep. The words and incidents keep ringing in my head. How do I take control of myself and uproot this unforgiveness? The answer is you cannot and you will never be able to forgive. Only the Holy Spirit can enable you to forgive. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive the person from your heart and not just with words.
When you let the Holy Spirit work in your heart through surrender, He not only removes the words but gives you love for the person whom you hated all these days. The key is to ask God to give you love. Love covers a multitude of sins.
Unforgiveness is a hindrance to your worship. How hypocritical it is to worship, pray in tongues and sing all the powerful songs, even jump and dance when you harbour unforgiveness in your heart.
Jesus said in Mark 11:25 “…but when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Forgiving someone displays the character and nature of Christ. Just as Jesus forgives our sins, so we must forgive the sins of those who sin against us. If you hold the words in your heart, you are also holding that person’s sinful nature in your heart. This will cause you to secretly curse and judge the person deep down in your heart. God does not want us to harbour resentment in our hearts. It is time to let go of those words as well as the person so you can be free to pursue and worship God with all your heart.
Don’t just forgive from your heart but also forget about it in your mind. The Lord wants to release total freedom into your life. When God forgives a man or woman, He erases their sins out of the book and remembers it no more. He interacts with us just as if you never sinned. He does not bring up your past with you. Once erased, it’s completely erased. It’s no longer in the account. The Lord expects us to do the same with people. This requires the power of forgiveness.
Forgiving at a time when it pains the most.
Jesus was on the cross and He was in excruciating pain all over His body. His body was wounded badly. He was bleeding all over and losing strength on the cross. The Pharisees and soldiers were mocking Him from below. They were saying if you are truly the son of God come down from the cross now and we will believe you. They challenged His identity and tested His patience. But Jesus was very calm through all this and said “Father forgive them for they not know what they do.” This is one of the most powerful prayers in the Bible. He forgave at a time when it pained Him the most. Jesus was able to forgive them because He was dying for their sins on the cross.