Forgiveness – so essential

19 Jun

 I truly believe that there is no other sin that hinders our walk with God like unforgiveness.  It is consuming and relentless.  It’s no wonder it has been compared to cancer because it may begin as a small spot (offense) then spread to other organs and ultimately, if not extracted, will kill.  Unforgiveness can bring down not only individuals, but entire churches.  I hope we are all challenged on a daily basis to so a self-exam (like we do for cancer) and see if there is any forgiveness needed on our part.  Hope this speaks to you like it did to me.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (WOW) and stubbornness as the sin of idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23).Dorothy had been deeply wounded.  The pain was engrained in her soul and she was reminded of it almost daily. She wished she could forgive, she even tried to but somehow she just didn’t know how to get there.Sheri, on the other hand, dug in her heels in and bristled at the thought of forgiveness. She felt no one could understand the deep pain that had wounded her heart and she believed she could never forgive. Quite simply, she did not even want to.

If you struggle with a deep offense in your heart, do a quick check and see what kind of unforgiveness you are harboring. It can be toxic to your soul.

The first kind is found in the heart of one who has had a very real offense committed again her. She would forgive if she could but the deep pain keeps her from getting there.

Imagine your heart as a home. The home looks tidy from all obvious appearances but in one room unforgiveness is stuffed away. At times the whole house is permeated with the offensiveness.

If this is you and you don’t want this but don’t know how to get rid of it, simply tell God you want to give Him the “key” to that room in your “heart home”  As you submit this area to God you are acknowledging your trust in Him. You are agreeing to have Him clean it up and to go with you into that room in God’s time and holding His hand.

It is a willingness to begin the journey of forgiveness with God’s help. He will do an amazing job of house cleaning that will make your heart rejoice.

On the other hand is the unwilling heart. Although it is humanly understandable that one might rebel against forgiveness the result is simply not worth it. Your whole life can become affected as the toxins of anger and mistrust permeate through your “heart home”.

Refusing to forgive is like holding rebellion in your heart. God speaks about such things in His Word…   “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as the sin of idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23).

As Christians we would never consider getting involved in witchcraft, yet the rebellion of a heart in unforgiveness can open the same kinds of doors in our lives.  Willful unforgiveness, with no openness to begin the journey of forgiveness, can allow the enemy of your soul to stake a claim. Give God the key today. He can be trusted with the journey to bring your heart to wholeness.

6 Responses to “Forgiveness – so essential”

  1. Susan June 19, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    I’m glad you posted this email devotional today. I thought it was really, really good!

  2. Melissa H. June 19, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m glad you posted on this too! Unforgivenness can cause so many problems and affect so many around us even if we don’t realize it. Great post!

  3. graceisenough June 20, 2008 at 12:52 am #

    Very true. Thanks for posting.

  4. bellissimanh June 20, 2008 at 1:49 am #

    Essential, indeed! Oh, how the root of bitterness loves to grow when we give place to it by harboring unforgiveness. Thank you for this reminder that unforgiveness is just as grave as even the most heinous of sins. May I find the strength through the power of His Spirit to forgive… 70 X 7… Excellent post!

    Heather

  5. Kimberly June 20, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    Good post

  6. Misty June 22, 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    I’ve been struggling with a similar issue. My brother for years now has led a life of one bad choice after another. We haven’t spoken for months. He’s on his fourth marriage now with some stepchildren in the mix. I just can’t bring myself to rekindle a relationship with him. We didn’t have a falling out or anything and I don’t feel like I’m not forgiving him, but then I’m so disappointed with the choices he’s made that I just feel like I need to distance myself and my kids.

    I recently sent him some photos and let him know that I still love him and pray for him often. Yet, I’m not sure if I’m doing enough. I’m not sure what to do at all.

    I do agree with you and thank you for that post.

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