Why go through bondage with an “unforgiving” spirit?
Forgiveness can be difficult without God. Why go through bondage with an unforgiving spirit? The Bible is the true source of freedom to “unshackled” us from an unforgiving spirit.
Psalm 119:45: “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”
God’s indelible Word, is the relief we need to sustain us in a world of disarray. Many say they’re of Christ; however, they live under the “cloak of sin,” masquerading around as “saints.”
Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
One of the toughest challenges we face is the area of “forgiveness.” If we don’t forgive others, we won’t experience the joy of forgiveness that’s ours. Our forgiveness of others is conditioned upon God’s forgiveness of us. How can there be anything that will be too great that would slip out from underneath the category of God’s forgiveness.
When we were baptized, we were clean, whole, and forgiven. “Our debts were paid in full.” If we as believers don’t deal with “forgiveness” issues in our lives with other people, we’ll not be able to go to God to receive the relational forgiveness that we seek.
It’ll be very difficult for us to say, “Lord, forgive me for what I’ve done.”God wants us to also forgive others, as He forgave us. Therefore, we must release this “malignant” tumor from our lives.
If we’re to live by God’s grace and mercy, we should live by His indelible and inspired Word. Therefore, we must imitate God’s forgiveness. Our only hope is we can’t hold faults against others when our faults haven’t been held against us. Our forgiveness is conditioned on the forgiveness we received.
Matthew 6: 14-15: teaches us four (4) things:
- We are to forgive because we are forgiven.
- We are to forgive, just as we are forgiven–freely, fully, and unconditionally.
- We are to forgive that we might be forgiven.
- We are to forgive before we are forgiven.
The parable of the unmerciful servant:
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Are you carrying around an unforgiving spirit on you?
By forgiving others, you’ll begin to realize that you’ve “unshackled” yourself from bondage.