As I’ve said many times: faith in God’s Word comes by hearing God’s Word, over and over and over. Faith doesn’t come by having heard! Everything you need from God comes by faith because faith is the access road to the promises.
But, there are be numerous things that can block and negate your faith and therefore, stop you from receiving the blessings you desire. The one I want to address today is unforgiveness.
Unforgiveness is in direct violation of God’s Word. And since God can’t bless rebellion to His Word, unforgiveness has to be dealt with and eliminated. Let’s look at what Jesus had to say:
Matthew 18:32-35 (KJV) 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Matthew 6:14-15 (KJV) 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Mark 11:25-26 (KJV) 25 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.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
As you can see, unforgiveness is totally against what Jesus taught: that we should forgive one another, just as our Heavenly Father has so graciously forgiven us. But if we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven. However, this is not talking about the sins that Jesus paid for on the cross. What it means is that when we hold unforgiveness toward someone, it opens the door for the devil to beat our spiritual brains out and torment us. This is not a pretty picture!
You can’t be in faith when you’re acting against God’s Word. It will short-circuit your faith and you won’t get anything. So how you forgive someone who’s really hurt you? By just forgiving! It’s a choice and it’s not base on feelings. Remember, if you only go by your feelings, you’ll be a spiritual cripple and never walk in the supernatural things of God.
Choosing to forgive is simply a decision to actually forgive! You decide. It’s an act of your will and you can do it. The Lord would be unrighteous to tell us to do something that we couldn’t do. If you wait ’til you feel like forgiving, you probably won’t do it. So, just do it and get on with your life. Living in torment is not a life worth living and you’re the one who’s being tormented, not the other person.
Too many times we brush unforgiveness under the ol’ proverbial carpet and hope we don’t have to deal with it. You’re an overcomer, so overcome and use your faith to please God and fulfill all the plans He has for you!
1 John 5:4 (KJV) 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.