KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:32” And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
One sign that shows a person’ is ready to meet the Lord, is his or her readiness to forgive all them that have offended him or her..
There are countless people and a number of them claim they are Christians, yet they keep the offences of others in their hearts. It is rather alarming to hear Christians and even some men of God expressing how bitter they feel towards others. All these is a sign of Satan’s hold in that individual’s life. Bitterness is a seed of the devil planted in the heart of an individual. Hebrews 12:15 says “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”. Bitterness is the sign that, you have failed of the grace of God. It is the grace of God that makes us everything God is and has. Without His grace we are nothing and helpless. The scriptural advice is that we must look diligently. One could easily be overtaken by bitterness.
Unforgiveness is perpetuated by pride. When Joseph’s brethren sent a messenger to request forgiveness from him after the death of his father, he wept and said in Genesis 50:19 “And Joseph said unto them am I in the place of God?” What did he mean over here? It is God’s sole prerogative to punish offenders. Anyone who does it is assuming God’s role. Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved avenge not yourselves but rather give place unto wrath for it is written vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord”. Vengeance is the Lord’s role, don’t take it unto your hands. It is indeed an act of pride to assume that role. You, the offended, become rebellion before God when you assume the position of seeking vengeance. Leave it to the Lord, Your part is to forgive the offender. It is God’s duty to punish. God always wants peace and cordiality among men, wherever there is un-forgiveness, Satan has assumed Lordship of that individual. He would destroy you and others if you let him.
That is why the scripture said it defiles you and others. Forgive!
Unforgiveness is a luxury I can’t afford. Its effect is devastating and has serious eternal consequences. I will not allow my heart to be bitter about anybody. I will always forgive and leave every act of vengeance to the Lord.
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”.
Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven”:
The Bible in one year.
Joshua 19:1-20:9, Luke 19:28-48, Psalm 88:1-18, Proverbs 13:12-14