I remember talking with a lady whose heart was eaten up with unforgiveness, and as we talked, vitriolic acid seemed to erupt from deep inside her soul, which blinded her to her own desperate plight. She taught me a valuable lesson: Bitterness from unforgiveness places our heart in as much of a need of forgiveness as the person who wronged us—AND it blinds us to our desperate need to forgive.

Unforgiveness is a crime against the love of God.

It’s also a crime against ourselves because it’s a sin that blinds us from the rich and satisfying presence of God. Jesus warned us of the dark plight of unforgiveness. He said: “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.” (Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬) Unforgiveness separates us from closeness to God.

It doesn’t matter how deeply someone else wounds us; we are still accountable to God for our own reaction. We often justify our anger and bitterness because we believe we’re a victim. We’re not the victim we think we are when we’re guilty of th same crime. However, when we’re born again and Jesus lives inside us, then every personal relationship with another person also necessarily involve God. He forgives much so we can forgive little.  If we fail to forgive others, we are kicking God—who is love and who has forgiven us much—out of the equation. 

Hasn’t God forgiven our wretched self for a million more crimes against His love than anyone has ever committed against ours?

The answer is “yes,” and Jesus made this clear in the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. Our failure to forgive our fellow man means we divorce ourselves from the presence of God. We create our own hell on earth. Conversely, forgiveness of our fellow man keeps God’s presence in the center of our life—which is—heaven on earth.

Paul summed it up like this: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

To learn more about Kimberly Faith and the mission of Faith Strong, click HERE

Out Now – Essential Faith, volume II.  Find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.

If You Haven't Already...

Subscribe To Our Daily Devotional!