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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Unforgiveness"

Date published: 10/18/2009

Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (NIV) 

Unforgiveness is the Achilles’ heel for Christians. Vibrant Christians often pursue Christ with a passion while holding unforgiveness in their hearts. Unforgiveness in your life is like cancer in your body. They will both continue to grow and destroy unless they are dealt with. Unforgiveness creates bitterness and bitterness creates a foundation of quicksand in your life. The longer you dwell in the quicksand of bitterness, the more the probability of your life being consumed by uselessness. Jesus deals with unforgiveness by stating that your sins cannot be forgiven if you do not forgive another. This should be taken literally for what it says. The working meaning of this Scripture is that God will not take you forward in a purposeful way if you are harboring unforgiveness against another. Consider the effect unforgiveness has on your personal walk with Christ. When you begin to block God out of portions of your life by not forgiving others, you are thwarting His work and purpose for you. Your witness, your usefulness in the kingdom, and your purpose in Christ become thwarted by unforgiveness. Jesus knew the devastating effect that unforgiveness has on you. Living in unforgiveness will eat away at you until your life is sapped from you. Forgiving another and moving on brings peace and restoration. It is out of peace and restoration that the Holy Spirit is unhindered to work in your life. Proverbs 14:30 “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” The principle in this verse is that living according to God’s standards brings life while living contrary to God’s truth will result in a continual decay in your life. God wants you to have a vibrant, personal, and powerful relationship with Him. Do nothing that blocks His life in you. Do whatever it takes to reconcile and forgive so that your relationship with God is unimpeded.

Colossians 3:13-14 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (NIV)