Unforgiveness is a Consuming Fire

20160220_161414_resizedForgiveness is a big subject that I won’t even begin to cover completely. This is by no means a comprehensive teaching on this topic just something to make you think. I want to discuss a few key elements that are on my mind.

Many of us have events or people that have hurt and haunt us. It is what we each do with those things that will determine so much about our lives. Often, we hold onto those offenses thinking we can somehow make the other person pay for what they did. On the contrary, you will never make them pay in your own power.

What you will do is condemn and torment yourself.

Matthew 6:14, 15 says,

For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

To be right with God you must forgive those that hurt you. There is not much more needed to condemn and torment than unforgiveness. It is a rot inside our bodies. Those unresolved issues will go somewhere. Where they go will be within our physical bodies as well as torment our minds and emotions. Many are sick and dying from unforgiveness yet they stubbornly cling to the past.

fireUnforgiveness is like a fire. It burns and consumes everything in it’s path. With fire comes smoke. Just as in a house fire, the flames are contained within the structure. The black smoke fills the open space and stains everything it touches. Even if the firefighter comes and puts out the fire, everything within will be black. So it is with unforgiveness inside of our bodies. There is a blackness that oozes from the fire that burns within that will stain and mar your physical body. The result is physical and often, mental and emotional, illness.

You may be thinking that you have nothing to forgive. I will ask you to think about the following points.

  1. Do you often rehash past events that should have been laid to rest a long time ago? Continually reliving past events will result in sickness in the mind and body. It is simply a matter of time before those unresolved issues will affect your physical body and your mental and emotional state.
  2. Can you state aloud that you chose to forgive that person for that event? Forgiveness is a choice we all must chose to make. No one can force you to forgive. If you have any kind of emotional rise when doing this, you still have an issue that needs to be dealt with. Do it again, and again, and again until there is no longer an emotional response.
  3. Can you ask God to forgive them? Vengeance is God’s to dish out as He sees fit. We must be willing to let go and let God. The same applies here. If you have an emotional response you need to work on this.
  4. Can you speak with your mouth a blessing over the person that hurt you? I know this runs contrary to revenge and even popular advice. In Luke 6:28 it says, “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” We are called to bless those that have hurt or offended us. If you are unable to bless, than you have an unresolved issue.

You cannot live in the present if you are busy living in the past. I like to compare this concept to driving a car. If you are driving down the freeway and look in the rear view mirror for too long you will eventually crash. You cannot move forward with your eyes looking back.

I challenge you to evaluate yourself and if you find unforgiveness, chose to forgive and walk in freedom before the fire completely consumes you.

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