“And his Lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” Matthew 18:34-35
We MUST forgive. Unforgiveness is the root cause of most infirmities and personal problems. The Scriptures insist that we forgive if we’re to be forgiven and have our prayers answered.
The damaging effect of unforgiveness is it’s deposit of the gall of bitterness in our innermost being. Most infirmities are the result of the leavening of bitterness working its effects on our bodies.
God revealed the relationship between bitterness and infirmities at the waters of Marah (Exodus 15). As He sweetened the bitter waters, He revealed a new attribute of His Nature: I AM THE LORD THAT HEALETH THEE. A bitter experience calls for a God who brings physical healing.
True forgiveness can’t be initiated by emotions or feelings. It is set in motion by an intellectual decision. We may never “feel like” forgiving but we can choose to do so.
Forgiveness is NOT DENIAL of the offense or hurtNeither is it forgetting. In fact, we must acknowledge offense and admit pain and anger if we are to attain total healing. Forgiving is not admitting what was done to us was right or ok. We become forgivers because God is a forgiver.
Vital to complete freedom is not so much forgiveness of self as it is accepting God’s total forgiveness of our self. He has completely forgiven us and requires us to forgive all others who have harmed us.
There can be no real and healing forgiveness without the power of the Holy Spirit. Only through the power of the Name of Jesus, can we appropriate forgiveness.