Matthew 18:33-35 (KJV) 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.
Sure, you’ve been hurt, humiliated, maybe even crushed to the core but what of it? So what! We’ve all been through similar things. It just seems like our personal hurts are worse than anyone else’s. But they’re not. Here’s where forgiveness comes in. Holding unforgiveness toward another person – even yourself – never accomplishes the will of God and never causes victory over the situation.
Unforgiveness, as you can see in the opening scripture, causes torment – not from God but from the enemy who will jump right in and take advantage of you. And the longer you harbor the unforgiveness, the worse it gets because unforgiveness will hinder, negate, and ultimately cancel your faith. And it can make you sick!
God is merciful but He can’t bless disobedience to His Word. You tie His hands and block His blessing in your life.
So what do we do? Release the person or persons who have offended and hurt you; forgive them and let it go. Doing this is not a justification for what they did. You’re doing it for your sake, so your conscience is clear before God.
Remember, God, in His mercy and grace, forgave all your sins, weaknesses, and short-comings when you certainly didn’t deserve it and never will.
Let’s forgive from our hearts and stop blocking God’s blessings in our lives, live the victorious life He has for us, and be a blessing to everyone around us!
Matthew 18:21-35 (KJV)
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP) 13 For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.