Author: Creflo Dollar
Forgive and forget? Never! That’s how many people feel when it comes to dealing with pain and hurt from the past. As a result, they shut the pain out of their lives by shutting people out, particularly those who have hurt them. But what they don’t realize is that while they are closing the door on people, they are also closing their spirit to God and His blessings for their lives.
The root cause of a closed spirit is unforgiveness. You may be experiencing challenges in this area without being fully aware. Please realize, however, that feelings of neglect, abuse, fear, selfishness and pride can all make you feel as though you can’t or shouldn’t forgive others. But your unforgiveness is actually hurting you more than it is hurting anyone else. Your efforts to build a wall and protect yourself may turn into anger, resentment and bitterness, and these negative emotions will rob you of true joy, leaving you feeling “dis-eased” in your soul and body.
Unforgiveness is a blessing-blocker. It keeps you from receiving the blessings that God has in store for you and prevents you from carrying out His will. Unforgiveness also grieves the Holy Spirit because when you have negative thoughts and emotions in your heart it prevents Him from helping you. The Holy Spirit is your Helper, but He can’t be a blessing to you as long as you continue to hold on to unforgiveness.
When you choose not to forgive someone, it also has serious consequences in eternity. Matthew 6:14-15 says, “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.” God makes it perfectly clear: If you don’t forgive your brothers or sisters, He can’t forgive you! Think about that for a moment. Imagine how it would feel to arrive at the gates of heaven, only to have God tell you that He can’t forgive you and let you into heaven because of your failure to forgive others. Are you willing to let your unforgiveness toward someone rob you of your place in heaven? Everyone—including you—needs to be forgiven for something. That’s why Jesus died on the cross—to offer total forgiveness for all sin. If Jesus can forgive you for what you have done, then surely you can show forgiveness too.
The Bible tells us that love takes no account of the evil done to it (1 Corinthians 13:5). Make up your mind today to walk in love with all people, even those who have hurt you. Nothing is worth the price of losing your place in heaven or missing your blessings. If you’ve already forgiven, make sure you also forget the offense. And if hurt, resentment and bitterness have caused you to build walls around your heart to block out pain, tear down those walls with the power of forgiveness. By knocking down those walls, you can experience supernatural increase in your relationship with God and with others. You will open your spirit to receive everything that God wants to bless you with!
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