Thought for the day: Holding unforgiveness against those who have hurt us is as foolish and self-destructive as drinking poison hoping that the other person will die.
Unforgiveness is a trap of the enemy based on legalism. Legally, we have the right to hold people’s offenses against them. We have the right be feel angry, hurt and ripped off. We have the right to wish bad things for them. We have the right to accuse them in our hearts for everything that they have committed against us. And the enemy loves nothing more than when we do that. Satan is the Accuser of the Brethren and a legalist, so when we accuse others we join him in his efforts. When we accuse, we act like him and we don’t even know it.
Revelation 12:9-11 – 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
But when we forgive, we act like Jesus who kept silent even while he was being falsely accused, lied about and wrongly sentenced to death. He forgave those who were murdering him AS they were standing there watching him die.
And on top of that, Jesus forgives us from ALL of our sin and iniquity when we come to him in repentance. All that we have done in rebellion against the holiness of our merciful God is NOTHING in comparison to what others have done against us and if we don’t agree with that statement, we are not in touch with the depth of sin that we have been forgiven of.
Ephesians 1:7 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
In the Lord’s Prayer, the Lord is specific in His command that we forgive those who have trespassed against us. He is so clear that it should shake us all out of our complacency when it comes to holding unforgiveness to other people’s accounts. God will forgive us AS we forgive others. So the degree to which we clear the accounts of those who have debts against us is the degree to which we ourselves are forgiven by God. Oh boy.
Matthew 6:12 – And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
- Are you holding unforgiveness against anyone?
- Do you feel that their sin against you is something you cannot forgive?
- Do you feel as though this person will be “off the hook” if you let them go in forgiveness?
When you forgive someone, you set yourself free. Their sin is between then and God, not between you and God. When you forgive, you are not saying that what happened is OK. It probably isn’t OK at all. But what you are saying is that you will not be their judge and jury. You are allowing God to handle the situation. He works in ways of love of redemption that are far above our understanding.
When you are in Heaven with Jesus, you will not have this hurt. But you will have the record of whether or not you forgave. Unforgiveness will be a point of separation between you and God on that day. Will it be worth losing your place in heaven to hold on to this fleeting pain? God wants to heal your heart right now and give you ability to begin the process of total forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help forgiving (name their name/s). Please lead me in the path of forgiving and letting go of this pain and hurt. I release to You those who hurt me. I forgive them and let them go into Your hand. I ask that You would help them to be all that You created them to be. Help me to become all that You created me to be. I will not allow this pain to identify me and define me any longer. I am free to love with God’s love which is shed abroad in my heart. My life reflects the fruit of love in every season. I forgive and receive Your forgiveness for my sins, Father. Thank you for the grace to forgive and not allow the enemy to refresh these hurts in my mind. I set up a hedge of protection by the blood of Jesus around myself and my thoughts as I walk out obedience to You, Lord. I renounce all patterns of unforgiveness and decide as an act of my will that I will no longer attach myself to the sins of others through unforgiveness. I release myself from them in Jesus Name. I am free, Amen!