“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matt 6:14-15
Forgiveness is very powerful. It does not mean that you have to allow the person that hurt you in your life but it allows you to take that power back in order to heal. If someone won’t allow you to forgive yourself, forgive them and free yourself. We have all made mistakes and when we can learn from them, forgive ourselves for them and let it go, we can walk freely in the purpose and plans that God’s has for our lives.
Being in an unforgiving state is a dangerous position to be in. It gives life to bitterness and anger and it stifles our power to show love. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Eph 4:31
Forgiveness is a powerful weapon against the enemy. It will force you to change your outlook on a situation from that of a victim to that of a victor. It reminds me of the story of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. She knew she was unworthy because of all of her sins but God forgave them all. She understood how much she had been forgiven of and it made her love the Lord that much more. “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:47-48
Forgiveness also takes me back to the topic of stongholds. When we allow that bitterness and anger to bind to our spirits we open ourselves to the power of other spirits binding us. In a marriage, a husband and/or wife may become unforgiving towards one another and the next thing you know the spirits of lust and jealousy have crept in and then comes the infidelity. “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” Mark 3:27
God has been dealing with me in three different areas: stongholds, surrendering and transparency. On the road to transparency he dropped love and forgiveness in my spirit.
“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one ought five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou has rightly judged.” Luke 7:41-43
~If nothing else, forgive. Be Blessed!~
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