True forgiveness is always reflected in our behavior. When we have truly forgiven others, the way the Lord commands us to in His word, then we no longer harbor feelings of anger, or perform actions with malicious intent. To truly forgive means to let it go! There are so many believers walking around, carrying hurt, anger, and contempt in their hearts against others that may have hurt them directly or indirectly. When we do this, we forfeit our peace and blessings from God because in order to truly follow Him, we must forgive those that hurt us. In order for our prayers to even be heard by Him, we must forgive those that we have ill will towards. The bottom line is, in order to be with Christ, we must forgive as He does. So, He will not allow us to be with Him when we are still attacking others that we have not forgiven.
We must let it go and move on to loving and caring for others rather than trying to harm or hurt those that we feel may have wronged us. No matter who was at fault, as believers, we must forgive and let go so that we can be in good standing with God and our prayers can be answered by Him. If we continue to hold malice in our hearts towards others because of past issues we may have had with them, than we are not progressing and God is not pleased with us. This causes us to remain stagnant and discontent with our lives, which causes even more unforgiveness to fester and even blame to be assessed to the very ones we have not forgiven. This causes even greater ill feelings to manifest!
My friends, do not allow unforgiveness to create a bitter root in your heart towards any man. Do not allow how you feel to stop what you could have with God. Your relationship with Christ is 100% dependent upon the way you love His people. If you do not forgive those that have wronged you, then you will not be forgiven for those you may have hurt.
G. Craige Lewis
Matt. 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matt. 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Mark 11:25 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.
1John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
The hurt and pain of the past can be immobilizing. Many of us struggle to overcome. Whether it is divorce, abuse, or even the death of a parent, these tragedies change us forever and greatly affect who we become. Bitterness and unforgiveness often takes root in our hearts and causes us to make life-altering bad decisions. But if we ever plan to experience freedom and fulfill God’s plan for our lives, then we must forgive others and move forward. G. Craige Lewis gives us the roadmap to recovery. Learn to confront and conquer old memories, bad habits, and damaged emotions that stem from unforgiveness. Be encouraged to let go of those things that are hindering God’s blessings in your life. This powerful 3-part series will help you deal with the pain of your past by teaching you how to trust God and focus on the future, instead of being tormented by the past. Adherence to God’s plan for emotional and spiritual healing will lead to good choices, better decisions, and a better way of life. Let it go!