Truth Thursday

Thursday, January 15, 2015

But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:15)


Someone we loved hurt us. They did something that caused us grief. We told ourselves, “It’s okay,” “we’ll get over it,” and “don’t worry about it,” but we couldn’t seem to shake that stinging feeling inside. We couldn’t forgive and let go.

As a result of our hurt feelings, we became hurt holders. Bitterness festered into an irritation that bubbled up into a nasty sore spot called unforgiveness. We became mean and miserable about the person. Instead of releasing the offense, we wanted revenge because our pride had been shattered.

Have you been there?

Let’s Speak our TRUTH – If we speak our truth, we’re probably still waiting around for an apology that may never come. If we speak our truth, we feel justified in not forgiving someone because the hurt they inflicted embarrassed or ostracized us. If we speak our truth, there’s still someone whom we don’t talk to, look at, or even bring up in conversation because of an honest mistake they made, or the insensitivity they showed in a brief moment. Our truth says we’re heartbroken hurt holders.

Let’s See THE TRUTH – God’s promise to forgive is THE Truth. He sent His promise in the form of Jesus (Titus 3:3-6). THE Truth forgave and didn’t hold hurt in his heart towards those who spat in His face. He didn’t forgive in His divinity, He forgave in His humanity, showing that He was just like us and was still able to forgive those who talked about him and set Him up (Hebrews 4:15). THE Truth forgave us and we can experience His forgiveness in baptism (Acts 2:38).

Let’s Be the TRUTH – How did we and how can you break through the unforgiveness struggle we have within? God’s word tells us clearly, “And BE kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you” (Eph. 4:32). Forgiveness has no limits. There are no strings. To BE the Truth, we have to work at forgiveness daily so that the root of bitterness doesn’t spring up in us! We must BE the Truth and free the person who wronged us, so we can free ourselves from inner disaster. We must BE the Truth by deciding in our hearts to release ourselves from the enemy’s prison.

We don’t want to deceive you, the choice to forgive can happen right now, but the hurt felt may take months or even years of prayer and meditation to get over. However, if we ever desire God’s promise to forgive us, we must forgive others. We have to swallow our pride and show mercy. In so doing, we not only heap coals of fire on the enemy’s head, but we free ourselves from the grips of a bitter stronghold.

It’s time to Break Through Unforgiveness by:

SPEAKing our truth and not waiting on an apology.
SEEing THE Truth and witnessing God’s promise.
BEing the Truth and freeing ourselves from pain.

What step will you take to break through unforgiveness today?

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