The Cost of Unforgiveness

Daily God Walk for Monday, September 5, 2011

 If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.                        – Matthew 18:15

 When someone has offended us we often think of the damage that the offensive act causes us, but we don’t often think of the damage caused by carrying the offense in our heart and not having a spirit of forgiveness. Often Unforgiveness is much more damaging to us than the offense itself.

In a writing on the subject of forgiveness Bill Gothard gives four things that happen when we don’t forgive others:

  1. We are not forgiven. In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus tells us that if we don’t forgive others we will not be forgiven.
  2. We are tormented. Matthew 18:32-35 tells the story of a man forgiven of a great debt but he wouldn’t forgive one who owed him a small debt. Because of that the man he owed the debt to turned him over to the tormenters. The message is that when we don’t forgive that unforgiveness becomes a torment to us.
  1. We are defiled. Hebrews 12:14-5 tells us, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Unforgiveness produces bitterness and defiles us.
  2. We damage our health. Medical science has shown that there are numerous physical disorders which can be the result of the stress bitterness places on our body. Some of those illnesses are Arthritis, heart condition,  Asthma and many more.

Are you convinced yet? We pay the price for unforgiveness and the person who caused the offense is not affected at all. If you are carrying unforgiveness against an offender I strongly recommend that you seek God until your heart is humbled toward that person and you can forgive them so that your peace is restored.

 Prayer: Lord, it isn’t easy to forgive those who do hurtful things to me, but grant me the grace to forgive so that I do not bear the consequences of unforgiveness. In Jesus name, amen.

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